Instruction, assessment and grading in Osseo Area Schools is based upon district, state and/or national standards. As a result, it is called “standards-based” across our school district. A “standard” is a specific skill or concept students are expected to learn following instruction. District, state and national standards give us clear learning targets, instructional activities, materials, and assessments. The goal of standards-based grading and reporting is to share what each student knows and is able to do according to the standards.


A rubric is a document that describes expectations for an assignment. It also has learning targets (what the student is expected to learn) and levels of quality used to measure a student’s progress. A rubric helps students see the connections between what they are learning and how they will be assessed.

Elementary Rubric (Grades K-5)

A task rubric with scores ranging from 4-1 is used in the elementary schools. Task marks are used for formative assessments (e.g. classwork and homework) and summative assessments (e.g. projects and tests).  They are both aligned to categories listed on the elementary report card.

Elementary Report Card

The elementary report card shows marks for reporting standards in each subject area. An example of a reporting standard in math is “Understands and uses numbers to solve problems.” Teachers look at multiple examples of student work collected throughout the trimester that show what a student has learned. The elementary report cards use a 4-1 scale.  Teacher comments are on a separate page.

Secondary Rubric (Grades 6-12)

A task rubric with scores ranging from 4-0 is used in middle school and high school. Task marks are used for formative assessments (e.g. classwork and homework) and summative assessments (e.g. papers and tests). They are both aligned to reporting standards and are recorded in the electronic grade book. Parents/guardians can access this grade book through ParentVUE.

Secondary Report Card

The secondary report card shows a single summary letter grade (A-F) for each class. Task marks earned throughout the trimester help determine a summary course grade. All secondary teachers use the same grading scale across the district.