Salem Public Schools uses a standards-based grading system.

  • In a standards-based system, the score represents what the student has  learned by evaluating student work against a standard (or expectation).  
  • In the old letter grade system, the grade indicated how many points a student accumulated through assignments, extra credit, tests, participation, homework completion, and classroom behavior. In that system, the goal of the student was to gather as many points as possible to get to an A.  
  • Now, student work is measured in relation to a standard (performance expectation), rather than an accumulation of points. 
  • It is difficult to compare letter grades with the standards-based grades because the marks stand for completely different things.  End-of-year grades at the high school are converted to letter grades for transcript purposes.

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