You want switch to standards-based grading, but, for whatever reason, you cannot. Do not worry. All of the strengths of SBG can be done within a traditional grading system:
- Shift from tracking by chapter to tracking by concept.
- Allow opportunities for students to show growth.
- Don’t grade homework and practice.
- Provide timely and effective feedback.
- Spiral concepts throughout the curriculum and your assessments.
- Give shorter, more frequent quizzes.
- Assess what you value.
- Provide clear goals and expectations for performance.
- Encourage risk taking, failure, iteration, and experimentation.
- Do what works best for your students and your situation.
A traditional system done in the spirit of SBG is much, much better than an SBG system done poorly. (Trust me, I’m speaking from experience!)