## Standards Based Grading

I teach and assess using a tool that has been around for some time and has been growing in popularity nationally. That tool is Standards Based Grading, or SBG, and is a way of looking at grades that allows students and teachers to focus on growth, rather than stagnation.

My hope is that this changes my math classes to a place where students are encouraged to practice and grow more on their own than a place where students are intimidated by large exams and focus on earning points on quizzes and tests.

If you would like to know more about SBG, or have questions about it, please feel free to contact me (e-mail: jonathan 'dot' newman 'at' fcps 'dot' org) or look at some of the links below. I've also included the Prezi that I have used in the past to present SBG to students at the beginning of the year, and I try to put it in terms they understand to help them.

Thank you for caring so much about your child's education and thank you for working with me to help all of our children learn and grow.

My hope is that this changes my math classes to a place where students are encouraged to practice and grow more on their own than a place where students are intimidated by large exams and focus on earning points on quizzes and tests.

If you would like to know more about SBG, or have questions about it, please feel free to contact me (e-mail: jonathan 'dot' newman 'at' fcps 'dot' org) or look at some of the links below. I've also included the Prezi that I have used in the past to present SBG to students at the beginning of the year, and I try to put it in terms they understand to help them.

Thank you for caring so much about your child's education and thank you for working with me to help all of our children learn and grow.

- A short video on SBG.
- Shawn Cornally's explanations and thoughts on SBG.
- An article and comic which explain why I use SBG (by Frank Noschese).
- A publication from "Educational Leadership": Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading.
- A book by Robert Marzano which uses research to justify and calls for a "standards-based, formative assessment program".