Highland Christian School’s curriculum is aligned with Indiana State standards. These standards, adopted by the State in 2014, have been validated as indicators for college and career readiness. Standards-based learning focuses on student proficiency against these objective knowledge standards. From these, Highland Christian School has identified “Power Standards” that are essential at each grade level.
Along with standards-based learning, we practice standards-based grading. Standards-based grading (SBG) is making a substantial educational impact for students from kindergarten to 8th grade, both in our school and schools throughout the nation. This transition to standards-based grading is beneficial for teachers, parents, and most importantly, the students in the following ways:
- SBG allows teachers to clearly define student progress at a given skill.
- SBG correlates to higher academic achievementof students.
- SBG provides an appropriate game-plan for each student.
- SBG promotes student-centered classrooms; not teacher-center classrooms.
- SBG (4,3,2,1) is NOT related to an A, B, C, D scale. It solely is based on student mastery. A “3” means a student meets the grade level skill.
For more information on Indiana State Standards, visit the Indiana Department of Education.