Honestly, I couldn't give you much information on how this affects the matriculation/orientation process, because my purview begins and ends at admissions.
However, I can say that we as an office have a holistic review process. I know it seems like I'm just re-stating what's on the website, but it's true. There are many schools out there that have standards-based grading (it seems to be exploding in New England), written evaluation based (no numbers, no letters, just paragraphs of comments), 100 point scales, 10 point scales, 7 point scales, etc... We will simply take the transcript that is given to us and recalculate and unweight the grades. If they receive an "overall" grade for English/Language Arts, then odds are we would just use the overall grade versus the breakdown (comprehension, interpretation, discussion, etc.). Therefore, I comfortably tell parents that their students can be evaluated on any grading system, and we will find a way to norm it to compare to other students within the school. Oftentimes parents don't realize that we evaluate applications against the other applicants from that specific high school. So for example we would never compare students from Kenowa Hills against students from Ada High School, etc. So even if your school/district is the only one in the area/state doing this, it will not hurt your students in the admissions process.
I hope this helps, but if you have any other questions, please let me know.
Stanford: - Legal Office.
Main Number: (650) 723-2091
We receive applications from students from around the world who are taking a range of curricula. Grading systems also vary by point scales, weighted and unweighted GPA, as well as Standards Based Grading Systems. We have no preference for the kind of curriculum or grading system a school uses. Students who are admitted and choose to matriculate must provide a midyear and final transcript from their final year of secondary school as well as proof of graduation.
We will typically convert a high school GPA to a 4.00 system (we do allow weighted GPA's though). If a schools standard GPA is based on a 11 point system, then we would divide the GPA by 11 and then multiply by 4 to convert to a 4. pt system. We will also factor in the student's ACT or SAT score when making the admissions decision.
If a school does not provide any GPA (such as a Rudolf Steiner school), then we will make the admissions decision based on the teacher comments and the ACT or SAT scores. There will not be a GPA entered into the system for the student.
I hope this helps.
Associate Director of Admissions
Zero effect on admissions. Test Scores and classes taken along with the students success in said classes is one of the key factors in the matriculation process. GPA then follows. Letters of recommendation and references are also important. If the grading model helps the student learn, then that is more important than the way learning is communicated through a grade.
How does Standards-Based Grading affect the matriculation process at MSU?
A: Our admission counselors have conversion methods to translate into the point system regardless of scale types.
Q: Could you share the conversion method?
A:Unfortunately, it is a training that is not available to the public.
Q: Does SBG hurt the matriculation process for SBG Students?
A: No. That does not affect the review process at all.