Best practices for using standards-based grading in engineering courses

Adam R. Carberry, Matthew Siniawski, Sara A. Atwood, Heidi A. Diefes-Dux

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23 Scopus citations


Assessment of student achievement using a grading system is a major task required of engineering educators. The traditional approach is to use a summative score-based grading system that reports an end-of-semester letter grade based on student assignment scores throughout the course. Such an approach inherently fails to meet the conditions of sound assessment of student learning because the resulting final course grades only display how well students performed at completing separate assignments rather than how well they learned specific course objectives. Standards-based grading (SBG) is an alternative approach that directly measures the quality of students' proficiency toward course learning objectives. The following paper assessed the use of standards-based grading by ten instructors at six institutions to identify instructor perceived benefits for students, obstacles to implementation, and best practices for integration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
StatePublished - Jun 26 2016
Event123rd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition - New Orleans, United States
Duration: Jun 26 2016Jun 29 2016


Other123rd ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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