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MIT Academy Standards-Based Grading Policy

Dear Parents,
 
On this report card, you’re going to see something a little different – a standards-based score in addition to a grade (or in some cases a class percentage). This represents MIT’s move towards standards-based grading, which is generally considered “best practice” in the education industry in general, and in cutting edge schools in particular. Although many schools use standards-based grades, MIT is one of the few secondary schools doing it, and once again represents MIT’s commitment to being an educational leader.
 
The purpose of standards-based grading is to be very clear on how much exactly a student knows, or is able to do, in relation to established standards (or targets) for that class. They are more specific than grades, and are true indicators of knowledge and learning mastery that are unaffected by non-learning factors such as effort, participation, timeliness, cooperation, attitude and attendance. Those factors, which are typically part of grades, will be still be reported separately.
 
Standards are based on a student’s performance on a series of assessments. Not all assessments are tests, as teachers may rely on verbal, written, procedural, or other methods of feedback to determine mastery. And note that teachers may allow students several attempts, or even different ways, to demonstrate understanding and to establish their standards scores.
 
Standard scores are reported on a scale of 1 – 4:
4: student exceeds the target standard(s) in that class; 
3: indicates a student meets the standards, and has demonstrated mastery of that standard;
2: student is approaching an understanding of the standard(s);
1: student has a minimal or insufficient understanding of a standard. 
 
That said, grades (along with GPA, honor roll, etc.) still exist at MIT Academy and are reported in addition to standards. In addition, MIT has created a conversion scale so that reflects the typical relationship between standards and grades would be, but note these are guidelines only and in some cases a student’s grade may not reflect their standards score.
 
Standard Equivalent Grade (used to calculate GPA)
3.5 - 4.0 A
3.0 B
2.5 C
1.0 - 2.0 F
 
We hope you will find the new standards scores to be a helpful tool to help understand your child’s progress towards both their class learning goals and, ultimately, towards graduation and college preparation. If you have any questions about your child’s standards score, and/or what it means, please contact Chief Academic Officer Alex Insaurralde at ainsaurralde@mitacademy.org, or at extension 108. You can also view Frequently Asked Questions on Standards-Based Grading by clicking HERE.
 
Thank you for helping make MIT Academy a cutting edge school and the best it can be for your child!
 
Sincerely,
Matt Smith