Middle School Report Cards

South Kitsap School District is transitioning to a standards-referenced report card for the middle school level beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.


What does this mean?

Instead of communicating a student’s progress by assigning one overarching grade for a course such as the traditional A, B, C, D, or F, we will now communicate progress by reporting a student’s level of proficiency on a 4, 3, 2, 1 scale with regard to a handful of indicators, based on essential academic standards, as well as important work habits in every class or course. Academic standards are unique to each course and based on grade level Washington State standards. Work habits are universal for all courses.

Formerly Used Traditional Norm-referenced Letter Grades
A - Excellent
B - Above Average
C - Average
D - Below Average
F - Failing

New Standards-referenced Number Grades
4 - Exceeding Standard
3 - Meeting Standard
2 - Approaching Standard
1 - Significantly Below Standard

Why the change?

  1. We want to more accurately and proactively communicate our students’ levels of learning.Norm-referenced grades are intended to reflect a student’s overall level of learning relative to their classmates, and they are influenced by a variety of “unseen” factors such as daily assignments, projects, behavior, attendance, and extra credit.Standards-referenced grades reflect a student’s levels of learning on specific targets, differentiating between academic knowledge/skills and work habits.
  2. We want to better meet our students’ developmental needs.In reality, our transition to standards-referenced reporting is the final piece of our transition from junior highs to middle schools.
  3. We want to be in alignment with best grading practices, according to sound research (Dueck, Guskey, O’Connor, Wormeli).

How can we learn more?

To help make this a smooth transition for our families, we have created several resources to help you learn more about this exciting new grading system. Please see the resources linked below and contact the middle schools with any questions. 

  • Video PowerPoint Presentation (6 minutes in length)
  • PowerPoint Presentation (without narration)
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Document
  • New Sample Report Card