The Benefits of Standards-Based Grading: A Critical Evaluation of Modern Grading Practices

  • Danielle L. Iamarino Northern Arizona University
Keywords: standards-based grading, formative assessment, points-based grading, summative assessment

Abstract


This paper explores the methodology and application of an assessment philosophy known as standards-based grading, via a critical comparison of standards-based grading to other assessment philosophies commonly employed at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels of education. Evidenced by examples of increased student engagement and more thorough comprehension of course materials, standards-based grading is illustrated as an effective replacement for conventional points-based grading. The analysis also identifies and responds to common issues and concerns inherent in the application of standards-based grading, and includes a review of relevant literature and research in support of standards-based grading as a progressive and successful alternative to more conventional assessment philosophies.


Author Biography

Danielle L. Iamarino, Northern Arizona University
Danielle L. Iamarino is a proponent and researcher of alternative and holistic approaches to education. She currently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona and teaches English composition at Northern Arizona University.

 

Published
2014-05-21
How to Cite
Iamarino, D. (2014). The Benefits of Standards-Based Grading: A Critical Evaluation of Modern Grading Practices. Current Issues in Education, 17(2). Retrieved from https://cie.asu.edu/ojs/index.php/cieatasu/article/view/1234
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Articles