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Leading Standards-Based Learning

An Implementation Guide for Schools and Districts

Standards-based learning is a great step forward for schools, but it must be implemented correctly to ensure the best educational experience possible. In this comprehensive implementation guide, the authors outline a research-backed, five-phase plan for leading the transition to a standards-based grading system.

Benefits

  • Develop a strong standards-based curriculum.
  • Align instruction and reliable assessments to the standards.
  • Change outdated grading and reporting practices to promote student learning and growth.
  • Share knowledge with and seek feedback from teachers, students, families, and other stakeholders.
  • Achieve a sustainable standards-based learning system that benefits all students in a school or district.
  • Study implementation examples from real teachers, leaders, and schools.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Phase 1: Curriculum and Communication
Phase 2: Alignment and Capacity Building
Phase 3: Universal Implementation, Communication, and Reporting Systems
Phase 4: Continuation, Revision, and Expansion
Phase 5: Monitoring, Tracking Student Achievement, and Celebrating
Epilogue
Appendix A: Additional Resources for Chapter 1
Appendix B: Additional Resources for Chapter 2
Appendix C: Additional Resources for Chapter 3
Appendix D: Additional Resources for Chapter 4
Appendix E: Additional Resources for Chapter 5

STUDY GUIDE

REPRODUCIBLES

Chapter 2

Appendix C

Sample Slides

SUGGESTED RESOURCES

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