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Standards-Based Grading

Standards-Based Grading

Course Description

This course provides an introduction into what standards-based grading is and how to implement it in the classroom.  Even within a district or school building that does not incorporate standards-based grading, educators can still apply standards-based grading practices within their classrooms, and this course gives strategies on how to do so.  By implementing standards-based grading, grades have more meaning to both educators and students.  On top of which, educators and students better understand where students are at in their learning.

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Course Numbers

  • Adams State: ED 589
  • UMass Global: EDDU 9628
  • CSU Pueblo: ED 501


Course Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Students will learn the principles and strategies behind standards-based grading.
  • Students will be able to create a student progress monitoring system for their own students to use to track their own learning.
  • Students will be able to use and implement standards-based grading in their classes to accurately show what their own students know and understand.
  • Students will develop skills to reflect on & improve their own teaching practices.


Relevancy to Practice: This course provides educators with the following relevant information to help improve their practice:

  • Strategies to successfully implement standards-based learning and a standards-based grading system in the classroom.
  • What standards-based grading looks like in the classroom as well as what, how and when to grade.
  • Overcoming challenges with standards-based grading.
  • Creating learning targets in student-friendly language from the content standards that students interact with daily.
  • Developing progress-monitoring tools to track student learning, knowledge and understanding of each learning target.
  • Developing activities and assessments with purpose to assess each learning target and linking each activity and assessment to a learning target.
  • Using formative assessments to provide regular and valuable feedback to students.
  • Strategies for supporting students during failure and how to grow from it.
  • Designing a system for redo’s and retakes so students can have multiple changes to show mastery of the learning targets.

Course Format 

This is an online course. Please use course materials emailed to you upon your original registration.

Standards-Based Grading Syllabus

Click here for a preview syllabus for the “graduate level version” of the course. This syllabus applies to students receiving credits from Adams State University or UMass Global or those taking the course for Continuing Education (no credits).

Click here for a preview syllabus for the “Master’s (degree seeking) version” of the course. This syllabus applies to students receiving credits from Colorado State University Pueblo. This version is also graduate level and can be (but does not have to be) used towards an online Master’s degree with CSU Pueblo.

No-Risk Guarantee: 

You can cancel a course registration within 30-days and receive a 100% refund, no questions asked.

Registration Now Open: Register now and receive your course materials within 24 hours.  Course materials are due within 6 months of registering for the course.


Starting at $189.00



Graduate Credits

*Pricing may not include University Fees. Select option to include fees.

University Fee

Course fee may or may not include the university’s registration fee depending on the university partner. University fees are not included in the registration fee for Adam’s State University and University of Massachusetts Global. 

Those additional fees are:
University of Massachusetts Global: $70/credit
Adam’s State University: $55/credit  

Instructions for how to register with your selected University Partner and pay additional fees will be provided after registering with Credits for Teachers.

University fees for Colorado State University Pueblo are included in the course fees. 

Please note that we cannot grant refunds for students who have already turned in work for a course, even if it is within the 30-day window.

Refunds Policy

Students are able to request a full refund of any Credits for Teachers course within 30 days of registration.  In order to do so, please fill out the “Contact Us” form including your full name and the course you registered for and we will complete the refund.

Exchange Policy

Students are able to exchange one course for another within 30 days of registration as long as the course price is the same and the student does not change the university Partner.  In order to exchange a course, please fill out the “Contact Us” form including your full name, course you have registered for and the course you would like to switch to.

Please note that we cannot exchange a course once for students who have already submitted their course for grading, even if it is within the 30-day window.

Transfer Policy

Students that would like to transfer their course from one university partner to another may have the opportunity to do so within the first 30 days of registering for a course.  In order to transfer your course to a different University Partner, please fill out the “Contact Us” form including your full name, the course you are currently registered for and the new University Partner you’d like to switch to.