Traditional Grading


Most people recognize that a student who boasts about earning an “A” means that a student did well on an assessment.  Traditional grading (0-100, A-F) provides a common language for teachers, students and parents to communicate student progress in school.  While many public schools have opted to remove traditional grades in favor of standards-based reporting, St. Dom’s has embraced mastery of standards while continuing the traditional form of reporting achievement and progress to students and parents.   

Common Core Standards have been the hot topic in education for several years.  St. Dom’s, as a private Catholic school, does not use Common Core Standards for curriculum.  Our standards come from The Archdiocese of Hartford in Connecticut.  They align with national standards and exceed the Common Core standards.  Our teachers are using those standards to drive the content and instruction in our classrooms. Our grading system reflects progress on our curriculum while maintaining the common language that parents and students understand. 

Standards-based reporting is a method for communicating a student’s progress on mastery of the curriculum.  While this is helpful information to have while monitoring student learning, it does not always provide an opportunity for teachers to assess items like work ethic, preparedness, classroom participation, and readiness.  One of the most useful benefits of traditional grading is that it holds our students accountable for curriculum AND for basic lifelong skills.  If students are to be prepared for the greater world, they must also be prepared for deadlines, job accountability, and being prepared for the working world on a daily basis.  Grading traditionally allows us to address all of those things.  St. Dom’s strives to educate mind, body, and soul – and using grades is one way that helps us to accomplish our goals while communicating with parents and students in a common language.