Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

James L. Schott, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Daniel C. Buckman, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Tamara K. Cornwell, Ed.D.


This policy advocacy document, as part of my study, focused on my desire to implement a new grading practice within the district. This change will result in moving to a standards-based grading system from a traditional grading system. Although this would be a new practice within the district, many districts throughout the nation are making similar changes. The reason for my policy is associated with the need to measure more accurately student performance and to determine if students have mastered content specific standards within a course of study. Educators must place emphasis on the mastery of content specific standards that include related skills. I found that implementing a standards-based grading system in a school district will provide students the opportunity to be evaluated and measured more objectively to learn as individuals driven by their needs and interest.