Stop Standards-Based Grading at USD 497 Middle Schools
  • Petitioned Keith Diaz Moore

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USD 497 School Board
Keith Diaz Moore
USD 497 School Board
Randy Masten
USD 497 School Board
Vanessa Sanburn
USD 497
Kim Bodensteiner
USD 497 School Board
Rick Doll
USD 497 School Board
Mark Bradford
USD 497 School Board
Rick Ingram
USD 497 School Board
Bob Byers
USD 497
Angelique Kobler
USD 497 School Board
Shannon Kimball

Stop Standards-Based Grading at USD 497 Middle Schools

    1. Petition by

      scott myers

      lawrence, KS

The Standards listed on the 6th grade reporting system are for teachers and administration to use in regards to Assessments. They do not give a student or parent the quality information needed to see how a student is doing on daily assignments, quizzes, or tests. The original Skyward system that the 7th-12th grades see, provides the information parents and students need to progress through a quarter successfully. It shows grades for daily assignments, quizzes, and test, and whether work is late or missing.
“S” is far too broad and vague to let the child know anything more than if they passed, or failed. SBG is de-motivating in that it does not reward students to exceed the standard since the goal is to meet the standard.


Based upon the collective assessment from over 30 teachers and concerned parents, identified primary issues are:
1. Sixth grade teachers should not be expected to do both standards  and percentage based grading
2. USD 497’s Middle schools should have one and only one grading policy and approach
3. Skyward is USD 497’s primary communication tool for parents-teachers-students. At the 6th grade level it is no longer an effective tool for communicating, since it doesn’t identify daily assignments, test, or quizzes, and if they are late or missing.
4. Staff time and effort needed to accurately assess anchor pieces of work and mark grades for the volume of students at the middle school level. The time needed for the process significantly cuts into time for curriculum planning and teaming.

Given these primary issues, the USD 497 School Board should, for the benefit of our children, abandon the Standard Based Grading policy for the 6th grade and return to the percentage based, averaged grading system currently used for 7th-12th grades.

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    1. Reminder regarding Information Sessions this Tuesday and Wednesday

      scott myers
      Petition Organizer

      I know we are all busy, but please take a moment to look at your calendar for this week and see if you can attend one of the "informational discussions" regarding standard based grading on Tue. Nov. 29 at SWMS 7-8:30pm, or Wed. Nov. 30 at Central 7-8:30pm.

      We have also posted a document with information regarding SBG and can be downloaded at:

      http://www.filesharesite.com/files/201111/1321978530SBGUSD497.pdf.html

      Thank you for taking the time to make education in Lawrence a priority!

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    • Paige Hofer LAWRENCE, KS
      • almost 3 years ago

      I do not support standards based grading and think it was implemented in an unfair way. I also think it asks way too much of the teachers and as a parent, I think the extra grading requried is something most parents do not even look at. They look for the letter grade. And letter grades are a fair and informative way to evaluate students.

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    • Jamie Hulse LAWRENCE, KS
      • almost 3 years ago

      Letter grades are based on quantitative measures, and accurately reflect a student's performance. Ts/Ms/Ss only provide a subjective opinion by the teacher, and are not helpful to the student or the parent in determining if the student understands the subject matter.

      Performance based letter grades also provide a measure of the teacher's ability to teach, as the principal can compare grade break downs by each subject by grade level. If one teacher has significantly fewer students getting A's and B's, the principal should evaluate why.

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    • ALICE JO CARGO OSCODA, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      Children are not standard machines, they are incredible individuals.

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    • Deborah Orozco LAWRENCE, KS
      • almost 3 years ago

      I seek re-instatement of a universally accepted and understood letter grading system that: (a) identifies the EXACT level of proficiency achieved based on actual work performed by the student, (b) requires a consistently applied and objectively based grading method that can be validated with the work performed by the student, (c) motivates students to do better and rewards them for achieving excellence and (d) gives parents the tools they need to assist their children in establishing and meeting proficiency goals. Without such a system, our children will not be prepared for the realities of higher education and life. I also feel that this letter grading system should include 4th and 5th grades and not be limited to 6th grade and above. We all know how important it is to build best practices and a solid foundation for our young children in every other area – values, nutrition, excerise, rewards/consequences, etc. Why exclude education?

      In light of the district’s stated goal of “engagement” (defined as a learning community of school, family and community partnerships…including an emphasis on decision making and collaboration with the community), I expect this petition to be taken seriously and the grading methodology going forward to address parents’ goals. The district should pursue more creativity in achieving it’s other goal of “equity” (defined as closing the achievement gap…so that minority, ESL and other learners perform closer to the rest of the student body). The district’s final stated goal of “excellence” (defined as raising the achievement of all students) will not occur if we change the representation of students’ performance rather than the reality of their performance. Without an objective grading system that identifies exact level of proficiency (% age), determining whether excellence has been achieved will be impossible.

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    • Deborah Orozco LAWRENCE, KS
      • almost 3 years ago

      I seek re-instatement of a universally accepted and understood letter grading system that (a) identifies the EXACT level of proficiency achieved, (b) motivates and rewards students for seeking to achieve their personal best and (c) gives parents the tools they need to assist their children in establishing and meeting proficiency goals.

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