District 1 Changes How Grades are Determined

Pete Kilbride at a meet-n-greet last May after he was hired as School District  superintendent. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Pete Kilbride at a meet-n-greet last May after he was hired as School District superintendent. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan County School District 1 has implemented a change in recent years. Sheridan Media reporter Pat Blair filed this story.


To paraphrase the saying, grades in Sheridan County School District 1 aren't being handed out the way your father remembers.

School Superintendent Pete Kilbride said starting about five years ago, the district implemented what's called a standards-based grading system in place of the one that, probably, most of us remember from our own school days.

Kilbride said one of the big differences between the standards-based system and the traditional system is how grades are determined. He explained with an example under the traditional grading system.

Under standards-based grading, Kilbride said, students are still administered tests throughout a semester or throughout the school year, because that's how the teacher measures the student's progress.

But the only grade that counts is the one the student receives on the end-of-semester or end-of-year test. He said that's one of the big differences between the traditional grading system and the standards-based system.

Kilbride said the school district started exploring standards-based grading about five years ago. He said the grading system was implemented in math first, then other courses were brought onto the system over time. He said this is the third year that standards-based grading has been used across the entire district and for all content areas.

I asked if the standards-based grading was making a difference. Kilbride said the district will know as the students go on to post-secondary education.

He said it's helped with remediation, because the teacher knows exactly where each student is and what skill he or she is missing.

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Another photo of Kilbride at the May event. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another photo of Kilbride at the May event. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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