Helpful Tools and Information

Standards-Based Grading Helpful Tools and Information

***We are currently working with Otus to make sure this is clear for teachers, parents, and students. This will be updated for better alignment for fall 2021.***
 
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