Risen Christ is a standards-based school; preparing students for the most rigorous private and public high schools in the area. Our academic curriculum is based on the MN K-12 Academic Standards and our faith formation curriculum is based on the Archdiocesan Religion Standards for Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are standards?
Standards are individual skills or pieces of information that need to be demonstrated by students. For instance, “Uses various scientific instruments and measurement tools correctly” is a third grade math standard and “recognizes and understands basic civic responsibilities and values in a democracy” is a sixth grade social studies standard.
What is the purpose of standards-based grading?
The standards provide teachers and students with a targeted and directed focus for lessons and assignments, which leads to clearer expectations for students and more explicit instruction by teachers. Standards-based grading also allows students to master skills at a pace that is appropriate to their own needs and current capabilities, so students needing additional support will receive it and students who are ready to excel can do so. Finally, this grading system expects all students to be successful by rising to consistently meet the high expectations and rigor of the program.
Why aren’t grades just averaged?
The traditional system of averaging grades does not necessarily present an accurate picture of where a student is in his/her learning. Instead, students receive separate grades for each individual standard addressed in the curriculum. A student’s grade on a particular standard clearly indicates where they are on the continuum for mastery of that particular skill or concept.
What does a 4, 3, 2 or 1 on a report card mean?
4 = Exceeds Standard
3 = Meets Standard
2 = Approaching Standard
1 = Partially Meets Standard
N/A = Not Assessed At This Time