Standards Based Grading

Student work and assessments will utilize a scoring system that describes performance at four proficiency levels: Advanced (A), Proficient (P), Partially Proficient (PP), and Novice (N). The standards-based grades of ME = Meets with Excellence, MP = Meets with Proficiency, DP = Developing Proficiency,
and WB = Well Below Proficiency are used for the report card only, and not for student performance.

The following are considerations for a standards-based report card grade:
  • Professional judgment that can be supported
  • Preponderance of evidence
  • Multiple opportunities to provide evidence
  • Frequency of demonstrated proficiency
  • More recent evidence 
    • ~ If past assessment information no longer accurately reflects the student’s learning, than that information is dropped and replaced by the new information.
  • Quality of evidence 
    • ~ If there is not enough student work to accurately assess a student’s quarterly status toward meeting the benchmarks, the teacher may use the NA mark and explain the reason in the teacher’s comments.

Standards-based grades are based on the above considerations rather than averages of scores. A bell curve is not used as the basis for grades.


Report Card Grades

ME (Meets with Excellence)
Demonstrates excellent achievement of the targeted benchmarks/standards. (NOT exceeding the benchmarks/standards)

The Student:
  • consistently demonstrates excellent achievement of the Hawaii Core Standards.
  • shows an in-depth understanding of the concepts and skills included in the Hawaii Core Standards.
  • makes insightful connections to other ideas and concepts.
  • grasps, applies, and extends the key concepts and skills for the grade level.



MP (Meets with Proficiency)
Demonstrates acceptable achievement of the targeted benchmarks/standards.

The Student:
demonstrates acceptable achievement of the Hawaii Core Standards.
shows a solid understanding of the concepts and skills in the Hawaii Core Standards.
uses appropriate strategies to solve problems.
grasps and applies the key concepts and skills for the grade level.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

DP (Developing Proficiency)
Is approaching acceptable achievement of the targeted benchmarks/standards.

The Student:
demonstrates marginal achievement of the Hawaii Core Standards.
shows partial understanding of the concepts and skills in the Hawaii Core Standards (but has not achieved them yet.)
is beginning to grasp and apply the key concepts and skills for the grade level.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

WB (Well Below Proficiency)
Does not demonstrate acceptable achievement of the targeted benchmarks/standards.
The Student:
demonstrates unacceptable achievement of the Hawaii Core Standards or provides no evidence.
needs additional learning opportunities to achieve even a partial understanding of the Hawaii Core Standards.
has difficulty grasping the key concepts and skills for the grade level.++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

NA (Not Applicable at This Time)
Has not been graded at this time.
No judgment can be made at this time. However, a grade will be given at the end of the year.
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SC (See Teacher Comments)
May refer to an attachment, such as medical notes or any other relevant documentation that would explain the lack of a grade. It is inappropriate to write
“See IEP” in teacher’s comments.
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