Guide for Standards-Based Learning (SBL)
While SDUSD elementary schools have been using Standards-Based Learning (SBL) practices for some years, secondary schools are now transitioning learning and grading practices towards a Standards-Based Learning framework. As partners in your student's educational journey, we are excited to share with you what that means and what shifts you can expect throughout this process.
What is Standards-Based Learning (SBL)?
SBL is an approach to learning that helps track students' progress towards a set of clearly defined prioritized standards (Critical Concepts). Teachers use consistent and targeted feedback with students, in alignment with these Critical Concepts, to support their growth in what they know (knowledge) and what they can do (skills). For secondary students, student scores are used at the end of a course to determine a final letter grade based on a student's demonstrated level of proficiency.
This video from our partners at Nampa School District clearly breaks down why grading in a standards-based learning system provides better data on student learning for families, educators and students.
Why Standards-Based Learning?
Best practices in SBL lead to greater consistency, clarity, accuracy, and equity in teaching, assessment, and grading. How?
Drawing on best practices within Standards-Based Learning, what might you experience?
Using a 4-point scale, students receive scores on assignments and assessments aligned to Proficiency Scales (see 'Families' tab for more information on Proficiency Scales). This allows teachers, students and parents to track progress toward grade-level standards and to set goals for next steps in learning.