Understanding Standards-Based Grading Systems and How It Improves the Quality of Education
Standards-based grading combines updated instructional practices and culture from traditional dictation systems to better engage students and to foster a positive learning environment. Standards-based grading also measures students learning and offers itself to understand the effectiveness of instruction. Each of these “learning targets” is a concepting teaching that students are master by that of the course. Higher completion rates for students was interpreted as a good mastery of the subject and students can earn higher grades by completing most of the work. A was a high completion rate for student when they will have completed 90 to 100% of the work, B was for the completion of 80 to 89%, C was for the completion of 70 to 79%, D was for the completion of 60 to 69% while F was the completion of 0 to 59% of the work. The standards-based grading system has numbers 1 to 4 as points from which the instructor can choose how well a student has mastered a subject. Typical skills of 1-4 reflect student’s increasing skill in the subject and an instructor can know how to well address the issue from the progress. This enables the students to continue working and learning until they are able to achieve the target and is therefore viewed as a ladder where students climb up, one rung at the time, and eventually reached the top. Some of the students’ progress immediately they receive instructions but most of them do not. A continuous understanding of the student’s mastery by the teacher makes them to adopt to the individual instructional needs and discourses education to be more effective and engaging.
In environments that harbour standards-based grading, it is noted that better feedback from the teachers accelerates student learning. Positive environments such as these can speed up a student’s learning as they feel they have a proper relationship with the instructor. This grading system allows students to better understand the path to success and enables them to perform better and engaging their learning. Students can self-assess themselves and be able to reflect upon their own performance.
Standard-based grading systems neutralize this problem as the teachers will know which students are in level 1, 2 or 3 and enables the instructor to offer a level appropriate work to improve the students. Students therefore learn more because of the improvement in the use of instructional time and this enables greater academic progress.
Standards-based grading is focused on learning and mastery which gives students a motivation to learn. In standards-based grading, scores go up as students learn and therefore it provides little room for early mistakes and enables them to have a reflective mastery at the end of the course.