Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education-Instruction and Curriculum: Secondary Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Sherie Klee

Academic Year



While the inadequacies of traditional grading have been well documented, it is still the most prominent grading system in schools today, including Kent City Community Schools. This project analyzes research on traditional and non-traditional grading systems to determine how to best assess and communicate student learning. Research confirms that, while traditional grading does have some benefits, the negative effects far outweigh the positive. And while there are a few other grading systems of merit, standards-based grading is the most commonly implemented and best meets the project goals of accurately assessing and communicating student learning and growth. The teacher in-service designed for teachers in Kent City incorporates components of standards-based grading while working within the existing grading requirements of the district. This should provide immediate improvement in the accuracy of student grades and communication surrounding grades. Along with the expectation of immediate results, the project aims to educate administration on best grading practices and work as a stepping stone to full implementation of a standards-based grading system within the next two years.