Conotton Valley has switched to Standards-Based Grading this year. By using a standards based grading and reporting system, we are following the results of educational research and best practice. Standards-based instruction has the potential to provide a rich array of information on a student’s academic progress.
Standards-based Grading may help you have a better understanding of what specifically your child is struggling with. There are 4 marks the students can receive for each standard: Needs Improvement, Approaching, Mastered, and Exceeds. Needs Improvement means exactly what it says, the student needs improvement in that particular area. Approaching means the student is working towards a complete understanding of the topic, Mastered means that the student has mastered the standard, Exceeds is reserved for those students who are working above and beyond the standard for that grade level.
This is a change in thinking, by making this transition you and your student will have a better understanding of their grade and exactly where they can improve.