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WPS implements Standards-Referenced Grading at elementary levels, parent info sessions scheduled

WPS implements Standards-Referenced Grading at elementary levels, parent info sessions scheduled 

Washington Elementary third-grade teacher Leslie McEntire The Wichita Public Schools is implementing Standards-Referenced Grading at elementary schools, which will provide consistent grading practices across the district based on achievement of what students should know and are able to do at each grade level. In comparison, traditional grading typically averages student work and uses other factors, such as behavior, to determine a final grade. 

Feedback from parents and students shared they desired fair and consistent grading practices across the district. Elementary teachers will use 0-4 point proficiency scales to measure progress towards learning targets in all content areas, allowing teachers to better track a student’s progress on what they are learning. Social skills, turning in and completing assignments, effort, and behavior are reported separately on the elementary progress report. While these are important aspects for success, they will not be used to inflate or deflate a student’s academic grade which reflects their understanding of grade-level standards. 

Teachers are excited about the new grading system and have been receiving training since last school year. 

“I love the new grading system,” said Leslie McEntire, a third-grade teacher at Washington Accelerated Learning Elementary School. “I think it makes it so much easier for students to really understand what they’re being graded on and why, and lets them set specific goals for themselves that are attainable and achievable. 

“We know parents will have questions about this new grading process so we’ve created several opportunities for parents to ask questions and get more information,” said Christy O’Toole, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instructional Support. 

The Wichita Public Schools will host four parent Q&A sessions starting Wednesday, Aug. 28 and in September to give families an opportunity to learn more. Childcare will be provided. All sessions will be 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. 

  • Wednesday, Aug. 28 – Alvin Morris Administrative Center, 903 S. Edgemoor
  • Thursday, Sept. 5 – Isely Traditional Magnet Elementary, 5256 N. Woodlawn, Bel Aire
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10 – Dodge Literacy Magnet Elementary, 4801 W. 2nd Street
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25 – Seltzer Elementary, 11660 E. Lincoln


More information about Standards-Referenced Grading can be found at