Lake Washington Grading Policy

Lake Washington School District Grade Scale

Lake Washington School District uses a standards-based grading system to assess student performance. The grading scale is designed to reflect a student’s understanding and mastery of the subject matter. Here is an overview of the grading scale:

4Exceeds standard
3Meets standard
2Approaching standard
1Below standard
/Not assessed at this time


To understand how grades are calculated, consider the following example:

Student’s Performance in Math:

Final Test3

Final Grade Calculation:

  • Average Grade: (3 + 2 + 4 + 3) / 4 = 3 (Meets standard)

Grading Policy

  • Elementary Level:
  • Standards-based grading is used to provide specific feedback on student progress.
  • Teachers assess students on their ability to meet the grade-level standards.
  • Middle School and High School:
  • While the provided link focuses on elementary grading, it’s important to note that secondary levels may use letter grades or percentages.


1. What is standards-based grading?
Standards-based grading assesses student performance against a specific set of standards rather than comparing students to one another.

2. How are students’ grades communicated?
Grades are available through the Skyward Family Access portal, where parents and students can track progress.

3. What does a grade of ‘4’ signify?
A grade of ‘4’ indicates that the student exceeds the standard and demonstrates advanced understanding.

4. How often are grades updated?
Grades are typically updated regularly throughout the academic term to reflect ongoing assessments.

5. Can parents discuss grades with teachers?
Yes, parents can schedule conferences with teachers to discuss their child’s progress and grading details.

6. Are there any assessments that are not graded?
Yes, some assignments may be marked as ‘Not assessed at this time’ if they are not part of the current grading period.

7. Where can I find more information about the grading policy?
For more detailed information, visit the Lake Washington School District website.

Now that you understand the Lake Washington School District’s grading policy, calculate your final grade with our easy-to-use grade calculator or final grade calculator!