Standards Based Grading                                                                                                                   New School High is committed to standards-based grading (SBG). This means that the scores you see will reflect your student’s progress on the individual State standards (what Michigan students are expected to know and be able to do) rather than class assignments. Scoring according to the standards provides everyone with more precise and useful information: when students know their specific strengths and weaknesses, they know where to focus their efforts to improve. 

Proficiency                                                                                                                                                NSH students will have numerous opportunities through their class assignments to reliably demonstrate their proficiency in the standards. This is a far more authentic measure of learning than a one-time test grade. A score of N/A for a standard means that there have not yet been enough opportunities/assignments for the student to demonstrate learning in a particular standard to identify a trend. When grading for proficiency, we expect scores to be low at first, and as the student practices, the scores should improve. To reflect the student’s learning trend, the data system uses a research-based algorithm called Power Law that gives more weight to recent scores and less weight to early scores. It also projects future scores if the current learning trend continues. It is important to remember that students whose scores decrease over time will see their grade in that standard drop, too. 

Improving Grades                                                                                                                               Grading reports will also show an overall score for each course, which is an average of the in-progress scores for the individual standards. NSH students are strongly encouraged to re-demonstrate their proficiency at various points throughout the semester in order to raise their grades. Individual teachers can provide more information about how this can be done in their classes.