Standards-Based Grading

Clayton-Bradley Academy utilizes standards-based grading which focuses on student mastery of state and national standards. Through standards-based grading, teachers focus on the essential skills and knowledge students must learn and select or design tasks and activities that will have the greatest impact on student learning. Students have opportunities to demonstrate their learning in multiple ways, through a variety of assessments and projects, and to show their growth over time. Students and parents receive detailed feedback indicating what learning a student has or has not demonstrated. Clayton-Bradley Academy sends out progress reports every 3 weeks and report cards every 9 weeks to help students and families track their progress toward mastery using the following scale. At the high school level, our standards-based grading scale can be translated into a GPA and transcript that will be recognized by colleges and universities.

  1. EXPERT – CAN TEACH IT!
    Application of knowledge in meaningful ways; can produce, not just reproduce knowledge/information.
  2. PROFESSIONAL – GOT IT!
    Understanding of the concepts & information pertaining to the topic/standard with the ability to independently express and apply understanding.
  3. APPRENTICE – GOT SOMETHING.
    An average understanding but not enough knowledge to apply information or work independently.
  4. NOVICE
    A beginner’s knowledge with lots of room for growth and learning but little to no evidence that shows understanding.