Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - NLU Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Jack Denny

Second Advisor

Norman Weston

Third Advisor

Elizabeth McDonald


The purpose of this advocacy document is to highlight the need for a pilot program to reform the grading, assessment, and reporting practices of a suburban middle school. In advocating for such a change, the transition from a traditional system of grading to a standards-based system is strongly recommended. The pilot advocacy document includes a review of the literature related to standards-based grading and an analysis of the educational, economic, social, political, moral, and ethical need for the policy change. The document also includes an evaluation of the school’s current grading, assessment, and professional development practices. A detailed implementation timeline and a policy monitoring plan, as well as a budget, are included. This advocated policy calls for improved student learning at Millennium Middle School by shifting from a traditional grading model to a standards-based grading method that more accurately measures and reports student learning, while increasing students’ motivation to learn.