Helpful Tools and Information

Standards-Based Grading Helpful Tools and Information

At the end of each semester, standards-based grades at the high school will convert to a traditional scale using the following pattern.
  • A score of “3” and “4” in each of the essential standards = A
  • A score of “2” in any one essential standard (with grades of 3 or 4 in the remaining standards = B
  • A score of “2” in more than one essential standard (no score of “1”) = C
  • Two-thirds of the essential standards are a score of “2” or higher. Student has standard(s) that are “1” = D
  • A score of “1” or NE in more than one-third of the essential standards in a course = F
The GPA scale for Nampa School District is the same as any other Idaho district; grades from other schools will transfer to our system and our grades will transfer out. A GPA looks exactly the same in a traditional grading system and a standards-based system.
During the school year, contact your school office. During breaks, contact the district office. 
As a parent of a student in a standards-based grading system it can be difficult to understand the grading system, let alone support your student as they navigate through it. The following questions can be used to support and initiate standards-based conversations with your student.

When viewing the gradebook, consider asking your student the following questions:

1. What standards do you think you still need to learn?

2. When was the last time you practiced/worked on [standard]?
3. When was the last time you were assessed (i.e. test, quiz, project) on [standard). When is your next opportunity to reassess on [standard]?

5. What practice, studying and/or re-teaching opportunities have you completed in preparation for the next reassessment opportunity?

6. Have you visited with your teacher(s) about your progress?
There is a common concern that standards-based grading may negatively impact student's admission into a college or a university.  Standards-based grading does not negatively impact a student's admission into a post-secondary institution. In fact, recent research has shown that colleges and universities value standards-based grading because it provides clarity on what students have learned academically and socially.  More information can be found at this link
The following tool is a set of step-by-step directions for parents to navigate the Parent Portal Dashboard. Please click here