Standards-Based Grading

How to Implement a Meaningful Grading System that Improves Student Success

6 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Grades should provide answers rather than raise questions.

But it's often the opposite that happens.

When students are scored on an unequal proportionate scale, we fail to see the specific areas of growth that would improve proficiency. Numbers and percentages become meaningless because they’re unable to tell the full story behind a student’s level of understanding causing our students to miss out on the specific feedback they need to make improvements. But what if scores didn’t require the interpretation that’s often needed before they could inform classroom instruction?

Standards-Based Grading is a system that clearly identifies the standards students have mastered, tracks specific progress, and illustrates the big picture for long-term development. In this workshop, we show you how to implement Standards-Based Grading in your classroom and school so that you can collect data that’s meaningful and paints a clear picture of student achievement.

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It's time to create a meaningful grading system that…

Equips teachers with tools to identify knowledge gaps

When teacher know how to align grading practices both horizontally and vertically, they’ll be more equipped to meet the foundational needs of students across content areas.

Empowers students to take ownership of their learning

When students have an awareness of their skills mastery, they can track their progress and become more active participants in their development.

Provides families with accurate feedback

Instead of a numeral or letter-based score as a measurement of mastery, students and parents would know which specific skills they still need to practice.

Improves academic achievement

With more meaningful data about what skills students have yet to master, teachers can design more targeted instruction that improves test scores and overall achievement.

In this self-paced online course, you and your staff will learn:

Prioritize standards and scale mastery

We’ll cover how to examine your state standards to create viable learning targets and assessments that are both horizontally and vertically aligned.

Implement a Standards-Based Grading system

We’ll walk you through the exact steps to implement Standards-Based Grading so you can introduce this system to students and parents with confidence and clarity.

Utilize the Digital Resource Bundle

We’ll show you how to use our Standard’s Based Grading resources that include specific grade-level examples of guides, scales, and assessments.

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Here's what's included in this course:

4 Step Blueprint for Implementation

We will give you step-by-step instructions on how to roll this initiative out.

Digital Resource Bundle

Get access to pacing guides, priority standards, proficiency scales, and assessment examples.

Professional Development Credit

Meet your PD requirements while learning how social-emotional learning can promote both academic and personal student success.

9 Months of Access

Go at your own pace and return to this course at your convenience.

Standards-Based Grading Online Course Schedule

Module 1
Problems With Grading Systems
Module 2
Understanding Rubrics & Proficiency Scales
Module 3
Prioritizing Standards & Creating Pacing Guides
Module 4
Unpacking Standards & Creating Proficiency Scales
Module 5
Developing & Aligning High-Quality Assessments
Module 6
Deep Dive Into Grading Practices
Module 7
Converting Scores & Designing Report Cards
Module 8
Implementing a Standards-Based Grading System

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We give you the exact process and tools you need to make Standards-Based Grading a path to improve student achievement.

We’ve witnessed exponential improvement in student performance as we’ve coached teachers and schools implementing Standards-Based Grading and the same can be true for you. Let us walk you and your team through our blueprint to make Standards-Based Grading an agent of change for instruction and student performance.

Meet your Course instructor:

Kim Strobel Education

Meet Kim Strobel

Kim Strobel is an internationally-known motivational speaker for educators, school leaders, and organizations and travels the globe sharing the impact of happiness on well-being and student achievement.

As a former teacher and curriculum director, her goal is to inspire you by providing thought-provoking research, heartwarming stories, and simple action steps that get you life-changing results.

Because of her own challenges and adversities, Kim teaches others how to overcome their fears, discover their joy, activate their potential, and boldly pursue a life that feels good to them from the INSIDE-OUT.

Trusted by top organizations, schools, and businesses:

Our Standards-Based Grading Course is for:

  • K-12 English-Language Arts Teachers
  • K-12 Content-Area Teachers

  • Literacy coaches and coordinators

  • Title I teachers and directors

  • ELL teachers

  • Special education teachers

  • K-12 gifted and talented teachers

  • K-12 administrators (Principals, Assistant Principals, Curriculum Directors)

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Imagine the strides our students could make with the right tools to face the social-emotional obstacles that often hinder learning?

Let’s infuse our classrooms with strategies that get our students’ thinking back to positive and improve learning outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Online workshops are pre-recorded and ready when you are. Take your time or take it in all at once, you choose!

You will receive live, pre-recorded professional development training that is high-impact and interactive. 

Additionally, you get access to the Digital Resource Bundle, which includes everything you need to launch this topic with your students and in your schools. Think mini-lessons, activities, videos, collaboration articles, and all necessary resources.  Lastly, you will get a downloadable handout to guide you through the training.

Online course access continues for 180 days from the date you activate your course.

Most of our online course participants gain access through a school site license. Schools utilize this training in a variety of ways. Some allow self-paced PD while others utilize them during whole-staff meetings or PLCs.  Schools like the bite-sized chunks to create understanding and a shared vision.

Individual educators may register online with a credit card or submit a downloadable registration form with a purchase order.

Groups of two or more should email the downloadable registration form to

We accept purchase orders; however, the order must be emailed to

We have several course structures and pricing options for our online courses. The price is dependent on the number of participants. Click here for pricing options.

We can assist you in creating a blended professional learning experience facilitated by a Strobel Education consultant (additional fees may apply). For more information, contact us by phone at 812-719-4998 or by email at

Site licenses are available for schools and districts at a significantly discounted rate—Email with questions.

You will receive emails, including an order confirmation, followed by a product activation email.

This second email will walk you through creating your Online Course account. If you do not receive the emails, please check your SPAM/junk folder.

For additional help with order confirmations, contact us by phone at 812-719-998 or by email at

When paying with a credit card, you can access any online course immediately. If you pay with a purchase order, your access can begin in one business day.

After completing each course and the relevant feedback forms are submitted, a certificate of completion will be sent to you. You will need to check with your local authority to ensure the certificate is allowed.

Sharing your log-in credentials or the on-demand course is not allowed. However, schools may purchase a site license to allow every teacher to have their own personal registration.

No. All online courses can be accessed on any Internet-enabled device. However, we recommend that you use the most recent version of your preferred browser.

Every online course comes with a 100% money-back guarantee. If you aren’t satisfied, contact us within the first fifteen days of your purchase. After that, your money will be refunded immediately. Just email

Customized Live Coaching Sessions

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Schools love these because we can virtually coach teacher teams as they go through the on-demand course so we can support their teachers in their new learning, answer questions, and work towards full implementation.

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