1. The Lack of Communication:
Amelia Harper, in her article “Converting to a Standards-Based Grading Model Requires Careful Planning” states
“Many Educators favor standards-based grading because it provides more useful information that can inform current and future teachers about student strengths and weaknesses... some parents are still reluctant to get on board, especially if they view it as diminishing the perception of student achievement, and thus, bragging rights. Clear Communication is needed to overcome this barrier” ( Harper, 2018).
2. The Lack of Understanding:
I remember sitting in my first session at MACUL 2013 and listening to a presenter discussing SBG. I was confused and doubtful of what he said was possible. Flash forward, six years and I am all in for Standards-Based Grading, not because I have to be, but because of the benefits, once you get past the initial shock, far outweighs the time and energy required to change.
3. Adapting to the Change
Barton Goldsmith, PhD. in his article "Adapting to Change" addresses the the issue of change and how to adapt to it stating
Change is constant, so we usually don’t notice the little or the expected changes; it’s when you are caught off-guard that you can get discombobulated. The trick is to know that it is just one of the millions of changes that are going to happen in your life and, good or not so good, do what you can to just roll with it.