Elementary Implementation


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.

Parent Guides

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

Additional Resources

Community Info Session 2019 – Presentation 

Why Standards-based Grading and Reporting?


Please contact Sarah Putnam, APS Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction.