Disclaimers: I did not invent Standards Based Grading, I did not come up with this system 100% on my own, I was/am a huge advocate for it in classrooms, and I do love Dan Meyers. Also, this is all my opinion. I will site things when necessary so you know I am not just making things up. Check my other posts!
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Scheduling: For my Algebra 1 Classes in the 2012-2013 year, I had 53 “concepts” that I assessed them on. At the beginning of each quarter I gave them a schedule that had what we would be learning, and when, as well as when all the assessments would occur. Their homework also had their next assessment written on it. The only time this got off was when we had snow days, and it became a disaster because we kept missing the same “orange” days.
Quizzes: The first time students are assessed on a quiz is generaly 1-2 classes after the initial instruction. Students are generally ready to be quizzed, but for some they have not quite grasped the concept so it is a nice “check in” as we go along. The second time students are assessed is a week after initial instruction, and they have received their quiz with their 1st attempt back and have time to get help. There were times when this felt rushed, which meant I either was flexible and changed the date or changed what they were assessing or gave them a choice on what they individually chose to be assessed on, OR I told them they would survive and could take a requiz if they needed to.
Requizzes: Students could come in before school (needed to get permission and check that I would be there), come during our remediation time during the day (“STING”), or occasionally I would allow them to stay after school to do it. If there was class time they could also do them then.
Tests: As stated before, I gave a test about every 4-5 weeks that was cumulative of everything that had been learned that quarter. We are on a 2 semester (4 quarter) schedule, so these happened at Interim (“Mid Quarter Test”) and at the end of the quarter (“End of Quarter Test”). These tests were as short as possible while still accurately assessing the concepts. I found that my kid’s scores on the tests were with in 0-3% points from their current grade (which consisted of concept grades).