This year, our school district adopted standards-based grading, and each content area was assigned a set of Common Core Standards to be assessed at that grade level.
One of the more challenging aspects of this change was figuring out how to track so many grades for so many standards. Let's face it - ELA has far more standards than any other subject area. Things are usually more complex for ELA. However, this grading system will work for any subject area.
I started the year with a blank paper and kept track of the information as it came through on summative assessments. Eventually I adapted a chart, which I was able to employ 2nd Trimester with success. It is the resource listed here.
My gradebook is essentially a 3-ring binder with these sheets divided by trimester. These charts take each of the standards assessed ni my district for 76th grade ELA. I fill in the students names and print out one set per class. Next, as the kids forget homework or have issues in class, I can mark it right on the Learner Quality sheets, and as grades come in (both Formative and Summative) I mark them on the grading sheet under the appropriate standard.
At the end of the Trimester 2, I had all grades for each standard per students IN ONE PLACE to see the trends and figure out what the final grade for the report card should be. Much easier to report out with parents at conferences as well.
Additionally, in Trimester 1, I also keep a lot of the "Other" info on students, as you can see her in the graphic organizers. This is where I keep track of things I know about the students personally (i.e. Jimmy loves football; Lauren is allergic to peanuts), things I learn about their family (i.e. Susan's mom's email is ___; Bobby's dad prefers to be called at work) and other things I might need to know, i.e. IEP modifications, 504 plan, etc. This set of "Other" information is only filled out in Trimester 1 - I simply move it and keep adding to it through the year.
So far, the system is helping me navigate the first year with standards-based grading. If I make changes, I'll update this post and provide the new graphic organizer free of charge to anyone who bought this one.
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