There is so much I could write here on Standards Based Grading.  I implemented SBG into my classroom 2 years ago.  I’ve never regreted the decision.  SBG represents a turning point in my career both personally and professionally.  If you are considering SBG I would encourage you to research it and talk to others who have successfully practiced it.  I highly recommend you head over to Shawn Cornally’s blog and read everything he has written on SBG.  I consider him a guru on the topic.  Anything I say on the topic would be a poor attempt to recreate what he has already done.

  1. Cassandra
    September 30, 2010 at 1:03 am


    it was SOOOOOOOOO great getting to meet you and talk withyou over the last 3 days. I mentioned to my Principal…..yes she was still at school when I stopped in around 4:30. One of her first responses was do you think she’d be available to do an inservice?

    Would you like to visit Jackson?? If you think you’d be interested let me know.

    • September 30, 2010 at 9:33 pm

      I would love to come speak in Jackson! It would be such an honor. Anytime I can spread the news about SBG, I’m game. Email me at and we can talk details. Thanks.

  2. August 12, 2011 at 7:30 am

    Hi Amber,
    Love your blog. I’m trying to jump into SBG so I like seeing your encouraging comments to do it. I’m interested to know what state you’re in? If you’re in California I’d be especially curious about your Alg2 concept list. My colleague and I are trying to decide on how to break down the state standards, using the Dolciani algebra 2 book, all the while trying to create this concept list.

    • August 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      John, thank you so much for your kind words. I am in TN. I will post my Algebra 2 concept list, but it is aligned to my state standards and the new Pearson Algebra 2 textbook. To be honest, my first year with SBG, I basically used my textbook as a guideline for my concept list. I had a really good book that was aligned well to the state standards. I looked at the lesson topics and combined some that were similar and broke some down smaller. I really had too many concepts my first year. I realized I didn’t have to test every lesson since math builds on itself. I told students you have to learn and master this to do the next lesson that I will test. I hope this helps and good luck.

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