Standards-Based Learning Platform

What’s so great about standards-based grading? SBG can support your values as an educator, and Haiku Learning can help you get started.

What You Do

First: Focus on What’s Important

Decide what’s most important for students to learn. What skills and content are important to your classes and to their lives?

Discuss these questions among faculty and try to come together about the most critical components of your curriculum.

Second: Communicate What’s Important

Name those learning goals and let students know what you think is important for them to learn. As they practice and learn, they will produce evidence of their progress. Whether it’s a homework assignment, an exam, or a discussion, you will begin to see what they understand; record that evidence and share it with your students. “This is what I think you know so far and this is where I’d like you to be. What do you think? How can you show me what you know?”

What You Get

Empowered Students

Students can take part in their own education process once they know what’s expected and feel included in the conversation. When grades dynamically communicate a student’s current level of understanding instead of stand as a static reminder of his past performance, he knows that there is a reason to keep trying.

A Learning Community

As students master certain skills, they become classroom experts. With a glance to your gradebook, you can see who can be an aid to other students. Pair students together who have different expertise. As they tutor each other they deepen their own learning and successes can be shared by the whole class.

Accountability and Consistency

The process of choosing clear standards to teach helps all teaching staff come to consensus on what’s important to their school. Teachers and Admins can easily see how well concepts are being taught and work together to modify curriculum where necessary. What’s more, teachers struggling with parts of the curriculum can be paired with other teachers who are seeing success. Professional Development can be targeted and teacher evaluations can be based on well-rounded data.

How You Do It

Map All Activities to Standards

Whether you are assigning a paper, an online discussion, or a test, you can tag your activities with standards. Once the work is turned in, you can quickly leave scores for each standard.

See Patterns

Once you have scores entered, your gradebook will start to reveal patterns in student learning. Color coded cells show you what concepts students understand and which concepts need more attention. Tailor your lesson plans to students’ current abilities. Determine which standards to focus on by seeing how often or how recently you’ve assessed each concept.

Customize Your Grading Scheme

You can set the scales and levels of mastery for your standards. Once you have multiple pieces of evidence for each standard, it’s necessary to have a formula that can give you an overview of a student’s current level of understanding. You also want to be able to describe those levels of mastery in ways that make sense for your students and your curriculum. In Haiku Learning, you can edit your mastery levels to fit your school best.