Teachers often struggle with standards-based grading when organizations attempt to use their existing student information system (SIS). These systems typically weren't built with standards in mind. The TeacherEase gradebook was built specifically for standards-based grading.
Each assignment can aligned to one or more standards/learning targets. This clearly defines the objective of the material. The complexity level can also be specified, to understand whether the work is introductory, at expected mastery level, or enrichment.
For each learning target on an assignment, enter a standards-based score. This allows frequent measurement of student performance.
There are a number of algorithm for combining multiple standard-based scores into a current mastery level. TeacherEase supports most of the popular ones.
Scores for individual standards can be rolled up into overall course mastery. If there are categories of standards, sub-totals can be generated as well.
Create scales that are numbers only (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4) or letters too (e.g. E-Exceeds, M-Meets Expectations, D-Developing, B-Beginning). Each organization can configure its own scale.
Expand/collapse the layout to easily view and enter scores. Standards-based grading data can be complex, and TeacherEase is designed to help users view and understand it.
Students progress through the curricula at different rates, and often need different activities. TeacherEase supports differentiation based upon student mastery. It’s easy to give reinforcement activities only to students who need extra practice, or provide enrichment to students who quickly master the concepts.
Sort students by standards-based score to identify similar skill groups. Assign appropriate activities to students at the same level. Differentiate instruction within the classroom. Manage independent work at varying mastery levels.
Run mastery reports across an entire grade level to identify dynamic groups. Teachers can exchange students to form classrooms with less variability in mastery level.
Understand class competency and inform instruction. Perform group instruction if appropriate for a large number of students.
Monitor student improvement over time.
Often organizations who move to standards-based education will still need to maintain more traditional processes like eligibility, honor roll, transcripted grades, etc. Overall standards-based scores can be used to meet these requirements, and can also be converted into “A, B, C” grades at the end of a marking period.
TeacherEase includes a full suite of integrated standards-based tools. For teachers who use the assessment tool, standards-based scores can be calculated for online quizzes and automatically flow into the gradebookLearn more about Common and Formative Assessments
Standards-based grading often leads to differentiated instruction, which requires more planning effort and is often impractical for individual teachers. Most teachers can’t build multiple lessons and assessments every day. A well organized teaching team can, however. TeacherEase provides an instructional content management tool that allows teams to cooperate and share planning work. When paired with the gradebook, teams can find or build the resources to meet every student's needs.Learn more about Instructional Content Management
TeacherEase is a suite of tools to address standards-based education: align to standards, common and formative assessments, standards-based report cards, instructional content management standards-based gradebook, and parent portal.Learn more about TeacherEase