Standards-Based Grading

Philosophy and Policy for Standards Based Grading

                                                         Math Department 2016 - 2017


Wayland Middle School math teachers believe that all students can demonstrate proficiency in all grade level math skills.

Standards-Based Grading (SBG) & Reporting:

Standards-Based Grading provides the opportunity for more timely and descriptive feedback.  This allows students and families to better recognize strengths and weaknesses, by specifically reporting on each individual standard.  SBG helps students to have a more focused approach when targeting areas needing support.

In an effort to provide you with a richer picture of your child’s mathematical learning, the WMS Math Department will continue to email home students’ progress using Standards-Based Grades at progress report and report card time.   No letter grades will be given and the iPass report will only show NG (no grade).      

Standards Based Grading Scale:       


Works beyond the standard /skill

  • represents mastery of the skill or concept by application in highly challenging, novel situations, and the ability to explain it to others


Meets the standard/skill

  • represents proficiency of the skill as presented in class


Approaching the standard/skill

  • represents the need for additional practice and possible reteaching


Needs more time and support to develop the standard/skill

  • reteaching is mandatory

Student Empowerment Through Standards-Based Grading:

Students have control over their learning.  They have the power to learn at high levels, pushing themselves to show proficiency with each standard.  Some students demonstrate proficiency quickly (Modes* of 3 and/or 4), while others need more time. Students will have at least three in-class opportunities to show they can meet the standard.  If students have not shown proficiency with the skills after three attempts they should meet with their teacher to review and reassess skills.  We see standards-based grading as a partnership between the teacher and the learner.  

We look forward to a year of great math growth.  See you at Back to School Night.

*Mode: the value (in this case the score) that appears most often.