What is Standards-Based Grading?

Standards-Based Grading (SBG) is a set of teaching and reporting practices that communicate how a student is performing against a predetermined set of expectations.  The purpose of the progress report is to give parents and students a clear picture of a child's academic progress and growth in relationship to the Diocesan courses of study.  Behaviors such as effort, attendance, participation, timeliness, cooperation, and attitude are removed so that the clearest picture of just student achievement can be shared.  

One point to remember is that the quality Catholic education you have experienced is not changing.  Students will continue to be academically challenged at all levels while maintaining a strong foundation in their Catholic Faith.  

Principles of Standard-Based Grading 


  • The primary purpose of grade cards is to communicate to the student and parent what a student knows and is able to do based on the Diocesan Course of Study.

  • The primary purpose of assessment and evaluation is to improve student learning. 

  • Grades should be accurate, meaningful, consistent, and supportive of learning. 

  • Grading and reporting are systems to support student learning at high levels. 

  • Grading must include enough information so teachers and parents can provide the appropriate amount of support for the student. 

  • The most accurate reporting systems are those that separate academic achievement from behavior reporting. 

  • Students deserve multiple opportunities to demonstrate what they know and can do after learning. 

  • Good reporting is based on good evidence from a variety of sources.

  • Learning is a process and where students finish is more important than where students start or how long it takes them to get there.