Discovery Elementary School began standards-based instruction, grading, and reporting in Fall 2015. Ashlawn and Oakridge joined the pilot in Fall of 2018.
Standards-based instruction focuses on what students understand and does not utilize traditional letter grades. Standards-based grading and reporting practices –
- Align to best practices in teaching and learning
- Promote consistency
- Focus on what students know and can do
- Are specific
- Involve students
The APS pilot schools utilized a progress report that provided families with their student’s current level of mastery for various standards. Standards-based instruction, grading, and reporting expanded:
- Fall 2019 to 8 elementary schools (Abingdon, Barrett, Fleet, Hoffman Boston, McKinley, Nottingham, Randolph, & Tuckahoe)
- Fall 2021 to 6 elementary schools (Arlington Science Focus, Barcroft, Innovation, Long Branch, Montessori Public School of Arlington, & the elementary Virtual Learning Program)
- Fall 2022 to 1 additional elementary school (Carlin Springs)
As the implementation of standards-based reporting is expanded at the elementary level, we will continue to communicate with families, support teachers and administrators, and gather stakeholder feedback.
Standards based Reporting Parent Guide -English
Standards-based Reporting Parent Guide – Spanish
Standards-based Reporting Parent Guide – Amharic
Standards-based Reporting Parent Guide – Arabic
Standards-based Reporting Parent Guide – Mongolian
Community Info Session 2019 – Presentation
Why Standards-based Grading and Reporting?
Please contact Sarah Putnam, APS Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction.