The heart of standards-based grading is that everything you do is tied to specific learning objectives called standards. 

The Ideal Standard 

1. Contains specific measurable goals for student learning

2. Is focused on what a student is able to do or understand

3. Has enough depth that it can be assessed in several different ways

In our classes, one content standard usually covers about a week's worth of class time. 

Our standards are currently in the process of changing to match with the NGSS

Our Standards

The links below will take you to the standards we currently use in our classes. Feel free to use them or change them to suit your needs. Writing your own standards and mapping them out in a way that makes sense to you is the most important part of the process. 

Biology I - first year of biology, taken by 9th graders.

Biology I                        Honors Biology I

What's the difference? Honors Biology I has additional standards, including the different types of macromolecules, more details of the mechanics of photosynthesis and respiration, details on gene expression and gene linkage, and Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium.

Biology II - second year of biology, taken by 10th graders. We teach two years of biology because biology is so fundamental to all of the courses students need to take for their upper-level agricultural courses. Our students take the biology state standardized test (MCAS) in February of their sophomore year. 

Biology II                      Honors Biology II

What's the difference? Honors Biology II requires more advanced problem-solving especially with constructing phylogenetic trees, cladograms, and dichotomous keys. The honors course also goes through all the different phyla of invertebrates, whereas the regular course takes a more comparative approach.

Chemistry - taken by 11th graders

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Physics - taken by 12th graders.

Physics                          Honors Physics

What's the difference? Honors Physics requires more advanced math problem-solving using vectors, such as projectile problems. The honors class also includes some modern physics including relativity and wave-particle duality.