Standards-Referenced Reporting – Find out more here!

Standards-referenced reporting is a research-based approach to assessing and reporting student achievement.  Many scholars in the field of education, including Thomas Guskey, Robert Marzano, Ken O’Connor, and Rick Wormeli, support the implementation and extension of standards-referenced grading.  The following handbooks reflect standards-referenced reporting practices and implementation at Monticello Schools. The focal point of standards-referenced reporting/grading is learning.

We believe:

  • Standards-referenced reporting  more accurately assesses student achievement.
  • Standards-referenced reporting practices clearly communicate learning goals to students and parents.
  • Standards-referenced reporting develops self-directed and intrinsically motivated learners.
  • Standards-referenced reporting better addresses the needs of each student.
  • Standards-referenced reporting is focused on student learning.
  • A 4 point grading scale enhances the validity and reliability of academic grades/reporting.
  • Practice (homework) is essential for concept development but not necessary for grade calculation.
  • Behavior is vital to student success and should be reported separately in the grade book.
  • Academic grades should reflect academic achievement only.

The Monticello Community School District switched from traditional grading to Standards-Referenced Reporting (SRR) at the start of the 2018-19 school year.  Several teachers have piloted the standards-referenced practice over the past 3 years.  Click on any of the links below to find out more information on SRR!

High School

Middle School


If you have any additional questions, regarding Standards-Referenced Reporting please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, building principal, or our District Curriculum Director, Gretchen Kriegel at