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Curriculum & Instruction

Standards-Based Reporting

Oak Grove School started using standards-based reporting in 2016-17 for grades K-5. This page offers a few resources for parents that would like more information about standards-based reporting at Oak Grove School.

Standards Based Parent Night April 11, 2018

Currently, no decisions regarding standards based grading for grades 6-8 program have been determined.  If you are interested in learning about the committee's work and have questions about a standards based system, please review the slides shared at the April 11th parent night.  You may also scroll down to see all the committee notes, articles and book study information.

April 2, 2018 Update:

Last spring, the Board of Education opted to form a Standards Based Learning Committee comprised of teachers, parents, Oak Grove administration, Libertyville High School administration, and Board representation as part of our 2017-2018 Standards Based - Year of Learning.   This committee has been reviewing all aspects of standards based learning for K-8. Currently, we have not made a decision regarding standards based grading for the 6-8 program.  The administrative team would like to update everyone on the work that has been a part of the committee thus far.

  • We have completed a book study, read research on standards based practices, worked in administrator/teacher/parent combined groups to to determine what we commonly agreed were the benefits of standards based learning, and what we potentially saw as our concerns about standards based learning, discussed suggestions for K-5 improvements, reviewed other districts' documents and shared concerns from community stakeholders regarding the potential change to the middle school program
  • Currently, the committee is working on drafting a statement regarding our common understanding from those discussions of our beliefs regarding standards based learning  We will be continuing this work at our 4/4/18 meeting from 4-6 pm.  Anyone is welcome to attend. Our plan moving forward is to develop some potential transition plans and timelines to consider if the BOE votes to move forward with the implementation of a standards based learning program for grades 6-8
  • A parent town hall meeting night is scheduled for April 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm.  We hope you are able to join us.  If not, we will post the presentation after the event.  
  • The committee will meet again, 4/23 to review parent night feedback and to create recommendations for the Board of Education, to be shared at the May 22nd Board meeting
  • Meeting Notes:
  • Book Study: Grading from the Inside Out: Bringing Accuracy to Student Assessment Through a Standards-Based Mindset by: Tom Schimmer

November 13, 2017 Update:

On Thursday, November 16th, you will be receiving your child's report card for the first trimester.  We wanted to share an update with you regarding the reporting of standards, for report cards in kindergarten through fifth grade.  You will notice that an asterisk will be added to some standards. 

What Does This Mean?

  • Reported by Trimester (shown with an asterisk): Student learning is being reported to indicate a student's abilities based on where the teacher expects the student to be at this point in the year.
    • Example: A student may receive a '3' in Tri 1 and a '2' in Tri 2 as learning expectations increase.
  • Reported by End of Year: Student learning is being reported to show progress towards the end of the year standard.  With that in mind, please understand that your child may be receiving the Standards Key 2 Inconsistent Progress for some learning targets.
    • Example: A student's scores should increase as they progress towards the end of year standards. 

July 1, 2017 Update:

As we enter our second year of standards based grading (SBG) in grades kindergarten through 5th grade, we will be extending our understanding of SBG to the middle grades with a Year of Learning. Having a ‘Year of Learning’ will allow teachers to continue to use their traditional grading practices for grades 6-8 while taking the time to learn more about the value and implementation of the standards based system. In addition, we will also be hosting our Middle School Standards Based Committee, starting in the fall, to gain an even deeper understanding of SBG and to help provide feedback related to implementation in future years.  

Our purpose in grading is to ensure that parents receive the most accurate information regarding their children’s achievement and we are continuously striving to meet that goal.

May 23, 2018 Board Presentation 

Sharing the results from the Standards Based year 1 transition: Slides