At the school where I'm working as a long-term sub, they use standards-based grading. The grades are: 4-exceeds standard, 3-meets standard, 2-is close to meeting standard, 1-does not meet standard. I'm just curious about now others who have used this type of grading feel about it. Everywhere I've ever gone to school or student taught used letter grades so this is very new to me. At least with letter grades I know that 97-100% is an A+, 93-96% is an A, etc, etc...but with the standards-based grading I don't have any percentage guidelines. It all seems so subjective. I was told that no one usually gets a 4's because that would be exceeding the standard. I can understand that. I was grading math papers yesterday, though, and when a child got 4 out of 20 wrong (would be a grade of 80%) I gave him a 3-. The regular classroom teacher (who hasn't left on leave yet) said that she would give that a 3, not a 3-. I feel like there's no real "science" to it and that I'm just deciding whether or not I feel the student has met the standard....but what constitutes meeting the standard? Less than half of them wrong? haha Anyway, how do others feel about this type of grading?