• Standards-Referenced Grading


    Secondary SRG Family Sessions offered in September and October

    WPS is updating its grading practices to better reflect what students know and can do. Middle school is implementing Standards-Referenced Grading (SRG) in all grades. High School will begin implementation in the 22-23 school year. Join us for one of the eight Secondary SRG Family Sessions from 6 - 7:30 p.m. to learn more. All middle school and high school families are invited to attend.

    Tuesday, September 21

    Heights High School, 5301 N. Hillside

    Wednesday, September 22

    North High School, 1437 N. Rochester

    Tuesday, September 28

    East High School, 2301 E. Douglas

    Wednesday, September 29

    Alvin Morris Administrative Center, 903 S. Edgemoor

    Thursday, September 30

    Northwest High School, 1220 N. Tyler

    Tuesday, October 5

    South High School, 701 W. 33rd St. South

    Thursday, October 7

    West High School,  820 S. Osage

    Wednesday, October 13

    Virtual Session, join the session at https://bit.ly/Oct13SRG 

  • Parents and students have shared that they desire fair and consistent grading practices across the district. Currently, student grades are entirely dependent on what an individual teacher determines should be measured, which means two students doing identical work could earn different grades depending on the classroom teacher.  By implementing Standards-Referenced Grading (SRG), consistent grading practices are established across the district based on achievement of what students should know and are able to do at each grade level. 

    Standards-referenced grading only focuses on reporting what students have learned and are able to do. In comparison, traditional grading typically averages student work and uses extra factors to determine a final grade. At the elementary level, behavior factors (social skills, turning in and completing assignments, and effort) will be reported separately on the report card. WPS maintains that these are important aspects for success in school and life, but should not inflate or deflate a student’s academic grade intended to reflect their understanding of what is being taught in class. When implementing standards-referenced grading, teachers will use proficiency scales and established grading practices.


    These practices will be revisited annually for revision with the purpose of ensuring effective and consistent implementation of both grading and reporting student learning. 


    This website will be updated as the Standards-Referenced Grading implementation progresses.

  • Leading Standards Based Learning The Wichita Public Schools is proud to be featured as a national leading example of Standards-Referenced Grading implementation in Leading Standards-Based Learning: An Implementation Guide for Schools and Districts by Tammy Hefllebower, Jan K. Hoegh, and Philip B. Warrick. 

What is Standards Referenced Grading?

  • Staff at Cloud Elementary reflect after their first semester using Standards-Referenced Grading.