Walking Through Standards Based Grading: Part 2

I’m back for part 2 on standards based grading. For those of you interested in the what or part 1 of this blog series, click HERE to check it out and click HERE to read part 3.

For this next post, I am going to break down the why of standards based grading.

Since we are all familiar with the traditional style of grading, many teachers have asked why we should implement standards based grading. Hopefully I can shed some light…

To break it down, standards based grading helps teachers do three big things:
Let’s start with the first one, establish learning goals: 
*I will cover more of the above information in my next blog post about how to implement standards based grading.
Next, standards based grading helps teachers create or use clear assessments:

*My assessments will help those who already use standards based grading, are just starting out with standards based grading, or are not using it at all. I have created these assessments to help EVERY SINGLE teacher, no matter their style. Click HERE to check them out.

Lastly, standards based grading helps teachers give quality feedback to both parents and students (my favorite part):

Stay tuned for the next post.
Don’t forget about part 1. Below is a snapshot from part 1 that can be found HERE!
You can now check out part 3 here:


  1. Kristine,

    This is incredibly helpful! I even created a new Pinterest board just for your slides. What books, in addition to the Marzano book, have you been reading/websites visiting/trainings attending to synthesize this info?

    Thanks for sharing!!

    Mary Kate
    Windy City Learning

  2. I’m blown away by how comprehensive and informative this guide is! I’ve pinned both this blog post and your Part 1 blog post. Do you ever do any seminars or conferences?! You really know your stuff and how to break it down for everyone to understand (I guess that’s the teacher in you!)

    I can’t wait for Part 3 :)

    Mindful Rambles

  3. Wow! You have given me a lot to think about. I’ve tried doing math workshop to meet the needs of my students but the time restraints always overwhelm me. I can’t wait until your next post=)Thank you!
    Lisa L.
    TGIF- Third Grade Is Fun

  4. You are amazing! We’re moving towards a standards based report card this year-and I’m loving this how to. I’m excited for the 4th grade ELA pack, it will really help add in that extra ‘oophm’ to my literacy block. Thank you!!!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  5. I really appreciate how you have broken this down to be something simple. I implemented this two years ago and saw a dramatic increase in my students desire to learn. They were able to communicate what they didn’t know and were less concerned about a “grade”. You have done an excellent job of making it a bite sized task! Thank you!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing! I would love to hear more about how you manage assessment and collection of data!


  7. This is a great post! I completely agree with all of your points, especially the one about student feedback. It is so important to differentiate our instruction to meet students’ needs.

    Thank you!

  8. I like the standards based assessment, but how do you convert this to numerical grades? I still have to give numerical grades and not sure how to translate the levels to numerical grades.

  9. @Kimberly- You don’t have to use standards based grading to use these assessments. They have 10 questions for each standard which makes it easy for grading with percentages. I actually was still using percentages with these assessments last year. Also, if you look at my first post, I included the scale of levels to percentages for anyone who was interested. I hope this helps!

  10. I am your newest follower… sort of! I have been reading your blog for ages and I have a TON of your created resources… you are seriously amazing! I teach 5th and 6th grade math and you saved me my first year! Thanks so much for everything, I don’t know how you do it… you’re awesome!

    Floating Through Fifth

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hi! Love your blog and am so grateful for all of the SBG resources. Quick question…will the assessments for sixth be out soon? My school starts next week and I have the binder info, but would love to look through the assessments before the kiddos arrive :)

  12. I am loving this review of Standard Based Grading! It’s such a great refresher and something I will definitely use to help other teachers understand what it is exactly. You’re awesome. I’m looking forward to Part 3 :)

    XO, Kelly Anne

  13. pure elegance says:

    How do you use you teaching pack and assessments if you are not standards based? We teach several skills within a unit.

  14. I am a 2nd grade teacher. Do you have a data pack for 2nd grade?

    1. Kristine Nannini says:

      Hi Sheli- Thanks for your comment! At this time, I don’t have a 2nd grade version. Sorry!

      1. Please make one. I have taught 4\5 and bought and used all your stuff… I took over a second grade room desperate for a good teacher and i am lost with out my Kristin supplies!!!

        1. Kristine Nannini says:

          Thanks so much, Vicki! I appreciate your kind words so much! :)

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