Standards-Based Grading

Philosophy and Policy for Standards Based Grading

       Math Department 2019-2020


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 time.  At report card time, students will receive competency grades via eSchool.   No letter grades will be given.

Math competency grades for report card:

  • MS: “Meets or Exceeds All Standards” occurs when all skills have modes of 3s and 4s

  • NY: “Not Yet Meeting One or More Standards” occurs when at least one skill within a unit has a mode of 2

  • SMS: “Struggling to Meet Standards” occurs when any skill has a mode of 1, or when there are multiple modes of 2 in different units.

Standards Based Grading Scale:       


Student work exceeds 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


Student work meets the standard/skill

  • represents proficiency of the skill as presented in class


Student work approaches the standard/skill

  • represents the need for additional practice and possible reteaching


Student work demonstrates the need for 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.

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