EAS students are held accountable to a level of performance in all of their work that demonstrates sufficient mastery to meet district and state standards. EAS has used standards-based grading (SBG) since the inception of the school in 1999. This 4-point grading scale accurately communicates student performance based on national, state, and district standards. EAS teachers use the state’s 4 point scoring model where a “3” indicates “at the standard.” To score a “3” a student must show proficiency in performing a skill or demonstrate a significant grasp of knowledge.

For assignments and tests, teachers determine a scoring rubric (guide) based on the level of difficulty of the assignment/assessment and the key content pieces. We set a "3.0" as the score which represents work demonstrating the student is meeting the basic requirements to demonstrate that they are "at standard".

By performing at this “standard", students will advance from Lake Washington School District’s Level Three (6th through 8th grade) to Level Four (9th and 10th grade) with the expected skills and competencies.


Simply put, Skyward will only show a letter grade for an assignment. Clicking on the hyperlinked overall letter grade for a class will show the breakdown of student grades and the proficiency score (4, 3, 2, 1) that the student earned on a particular assignment.

At EAS, student work is scored only using a 4.0 grading scale.  Letter grades and percentages seen in Skyward are a result of the system being based on percentages and does not have support yet for a standards-based 4.0 grading scale at the secondary level. These percentages are not reflective of the percent of the assignment achieved.

Please contact your student's teacher if you have specific questions about assignment grades.  

EAS Grading Policy:
By family agreement upon admission to EAS, all EAS students are expected to achieve a 3.0 or higher in all of their classes. Student participation on EAS excursions is dependent upon their academic performance at a 3.0 or showing active and significant progress toward a 3.0 in all classes.