Staff at middle and high schools throughout Bend-La Pine Schools are working to increase the accuracy and consistency of grades. The goal is for students’ grades to more accurately reflect what they know and can do in relation to content they are expected to learn. Ultimately, we believe grades should be accurate, transparent, resistant to bias, and motivational to students. We want students and families to clearly understand why a student received a grade and trust that it is an accurate portrayal of their academic abilities.
We believe this work will better prepare our students to be college- and career-ready as we shift the focus from acquiring points to deep and meaningful learning. Any changes made will help further our high expectations for students, now and for their futures.
As a district we will be working to ensure all grading practices share the following traits, which we are labeling as our pillars.
In Bend-La Pine Schools, grades will be:
It is important to note that grading systems are much more than the report card or final grade. We plan to examine and improve all the components that lead to that final letter. This will be accomplished by reviewing and changing practices: reporting academic achievement separate from behaviors, aligning assessment and grading exclusively to standards, prioritizing the most recent evidence of learning, and allowing for editing and resubmission of work.
A team of secondary teachers, administrators, and educational professionals from our schools have met frequently over the past two years to review evidence-based practices and recommend updates to our grading system. As a result, Bend-La Pine Schools are advancing toward standards-based grading over the next several years. On the right sidebar you will find a timeline of our work and a FAQ that will address common questions we expect our families to have.
Please visit the Grading Practices FAQ website for answers to common questions.
2021-22 School Year
Equitable Grading Team is formed in collaboration with Bend Education Association. Equitable Grading Recommendations are shared.
2022-23 School Year
2023-24 School Year
2024-25 School Year
2025-26 School Year
2026-27 School Year