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POLL: How is the Standards-Based Grading System Working in the Osseo School District?

District 279 started to implement a new grading and reporting system during the 2011-2012 school year.

The implemented its first year of Standards Based Grading in District 279 during the 2011-2012 school year.

With only two months left in the school year, how has the been working for parents, students and staff in the school district?

In the past, student grading might have included a mixture of academic and nonacademic achievement. With Standards-Based Grading, the grading focuses heavily on academic achievement only. Nonacademic issues are included on separate reporting tools.

Take our poll below to share your thoughts about the first year of the Standards-Based Grading implementation. Be sure to add your comments as well.

Pam Isaacs May 21, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I did attend and speak at the meeting last Thursday. Even after attending, I feel very unclear on what will happen for next year. It was stated that report card grades will remain letter grades next year (please correct me if I'm wrong), but on the implementation schedule, it states 0-4. So will the 0-4 just be converted to A-F? I have children in elementary, jr high and high school and am especially concerned about my current sophomore and junior.
Wendy Erlien May 24, 2012 at 11:55 AM
For those that haven't read it yet, here's the latest article from the worksession. http://maplegrove.patch.com/articles/standards-based-grading-conversations-continue-in-district-279
Wendy Erlien May 24, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Pam, that is a good question about next year. I left the work session as well a little unclear as well as to whether the actual implementation schedule would change at all. I add that to my questions for when I meet with the district. I'm curious, have you asked the question to the district staff? If so, what has been the response?
Jeff Van Keulen June 05, 2012 at 04:03 PM
As a parent of a junior this year, we are especially disappointed in the SBG "system". To echo the sentiments of so many on this website, the current grading system is a complete disaster and puts our top performing kids at a disadvantage as they apply for colleges. If our student were younger, we would follow suit with others and remove her from the school district. Decisions made by the Osseo school district are affecting entire families as students' financial aid and college admissions are affected. As parents, lets all make sure we contact our school board and school officials to let them know how we feel. Change will come if we make ourselves heard.
Robert Gerhart October 17, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I have blogged a statement about SBG as a candidate running for school board. http://blog.electgerhart.org/2012/10/standards-based-grading.html

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