STANDARDS BASED GRADING AT EAS
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.
HOW DO I INTERPRET POSTED GRADES IN THE DISTRICT'S GRADING SYSTEM?
EAS does not use percentages to score student work, nor do we use letter grades. While the district intends to move to standards-based grading in the future, the district grading system (Skyward) is not yet able to support it, as it uses letter grades based on a percentage-scale.
To accurately monitor student performance in Skyward Gradebook, EAS students and parents must convert Skyward percentage grades into our 4.0-scale grades. Detailed information on how to translate Skyward grades to the EAS standards-based grading system can be accessed via the Grading Resources links to the right.
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.