35 Resources to Help You Master Standards-Based Grading


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4 Blog Posts About Standards-Based Grading

If you are just starting your Standards-Based journey, these blogs are a great place to start!

Below is a carefully curated list of some introductory resources to master Standards-Based learning.

If you don’t know where to start – try this blog post that covers the basics!

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Standards-Based Grading: Everything You Need to Know (2021) – Read Here

This blog walks you through the basics of Standards-Based Grading (also known as Mastery Grading). It details what administrators, teachers, and families need to know in order to have a basic understanding of Standards-Based Grading.

The Standards-Based Learning Dream (and Reality) – Read Here

If you are considering moving from percentages to mastery scales, this is the blog post for you. Follow Matt Frank on his journey to implement Standards-Based Learning in his high school math class. His unique view as a math teacher helps give a fuller picture of everything involved with switching to Mastery Grading.


Standards-Based Grading: 3 Keys to Easing Teacher Resistance – Read Here

One of the hardest parts of bringing Standards-Based Grading to a learning community is getting everyone on board. Such a big change can often cause pushback. This post discusses three ways to help overcome teacher resistance.


10 Things We Learned About Standards-Based Grading from Lee Ann Jung – Read Here

Lee Ann Jung has written many articles and books about education, and we had the pleasure of having her as a guest on a webinar we hosted. This blog post summarizes the top 10 lessons we took away regarding standards-based grading.

7 Twitter Accounts for Mastery Grading

Twitter is an excellent place to stay up to date and join conversions on topics you are passionate about.

Here is a list of the top Twitter handles that provide their followers great articles and resources for Standards-Based Grading.

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Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D. (@tguskey)

Thomas Guskey Professor Emeritus at the University of Kentucky in the College of Education. He has done extensive research on the way teachers grade. With many published books, articles, and professional papers, his voice is a prominent one in the world of Standards-Based Grading.


Rick Wormeli (@rickwormeli2)

Rick Wormeli is the author of many books including Meet Me in the Middle and Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom. Rick has been writing about teaching and grading for almost two decades and is worth following if you want to learn more about the space.

Matt Townsley (@mctownsley)

Matt Townsley is a former administrator (named 2014’s Iowa’s Central Office Administrator of the year), and current author. He has written many articles and most recently a book: Making grades matter:  Standards-based grading in a secondary PLC at work published in 2020.

Lisa Westman (@lisa_westman)

Lisa Westman is a well-known voice in the education space. She is an author, speaker, and consultant who talks about a variety of educational topics including Standards-Based Grading. Lisa is always tweeting and retweeting helpful resources that will keep you up to date on the world of education.


Lee Ann Jung, Ph.D. (@leeannjung)

Lee Ann Jung, Ph.D. is an author, professor, and consultant. She has written many articles and books about education and also posts a lot of relevant content to her Twitter.

Douglas Reeves (@douglasreeves)

Douglas Reeves is the founder of Creative Leadership Solutions, a consulting group that helps empower districts, teachers, and students to be creative.  


The Standards-Based Classroom (@SBclassroom)

The Standards-Based Classroom is a Twitter account run by Stan Williams & Emily Rinkema and covers all things SBG. If you are looking to stay in the loop with articles, tips, and other resources for Standards-Based Learning, this is a great account to follow.

10 Books About Standards-Based Learning

If you have decided to dive deep into the world of Mastery-Based Learning, here is a list of highly recommended books.

This is by no means an extensive list, but should definitely get you a little further in your SBG journey.

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The Standards-Based Classroom Make Learning the Goal

The Standards-Based Classroom: Make Learning the Goal

by Emily A. Rinkema, Stan Williams

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How to Grade for Learning

How to Grade for Learning, K-12 (Volume 3)

by Ken O′Connor

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Checking for Understanding- Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom

Checking for Understanding: Formative Assessment Techniques for Your Classroom (Professional Development)

by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey

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Grading From the Inside Out- Bringing Accuracy to Student Assessment Through a Standards-Based Mindset

Grading From the Inside Out: Bringing Accuracy to Student Assessment Through a Standards-Based Mindset

by Tom Schimmer

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On Your Mark- Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting

On Your Mark: Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting

by Thomas R. Guskey

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On Your Mark- Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting

Fair Isn't Always Equal: Assessing & Grading in the Differentiated Classroom

by Rick Wormeli

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Formative Assessment and Standards-Based Grading

Formative Assessment and Standards-Based Grading: The Classroom Strategies Series

by Robert J. Marzano

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A School Leader's Guide to Standards-Based Grading

A School Leader's Guide to Standards-Based Grading

by Tammy Heflebower, Jan K. Hoegh, Phil Warrick, With Mitzi Hoback, With Margaret McInteer, With Bev Clemens, Foreword by Robert Marzano

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Answers to Essential Questions About Standards, Assessments, Grading, and Reporting

Answers to Essential Questions About Standards, Assessments, Grading, and Reporting

by Thomas R. Guskey, Lee Ann Jung

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Answers to Essential Questions About Standards, Assessments, Grading, and Reporting

Elements of Grading

by Solution Tree

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5 Scholarly Articles to Dive Deep Into SBG

Looking for some studies or scholarly articles about the standards-based approach?

Check out this list of five relevant articles that will help you master this topic!

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A Century of Grading Research: Meaning and Value in the Most Common Educational Measure – Read Here

Authors: Susan M. Brookhart, Thomas R. Guskey, Alex J. Bowers, James H. McMillan, Jeffrey K. Smith, Lisa F.
Smith, Michael T. Stevens, and Megan E. Welsh


Effects of standards-based report cards on student learning – Read Here

Author: Craig, Theresa A.


Taking on a New Grading System: The Interconnected Effects of Standards-Based Grading on Teaching, Learning, Assessment, and Student Behavior – Read Here

Authors: Megan Knight, Robyn Cooper

The Benefits of Standards-Based Grading: A Critical Evaluation of Modern Grading Practices – Read Here

Author: Danielle L. Iamarino


The Case Against Percentage Grades – Read Here

Author: Thomas R. Guskey

Top 4 Standards-Based Grading Podcast Episodes

Wanting to learn more about SBG on the go? Check out some of these awesome podcast episodes.

Here are four specific episodes that should help anyone gain a better understanding of Standards-Based Grading.

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5 Mastery Grading Youtube Videos

There are a huge number of videos about SBG out there. To help make things a little easier, here is a list of some of our favorites.

These videos should give you a good launching point to find other helpful content.

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