Standards Based Reporting

Lake Bluff Elementary School District 65 utilizes a Standards Based Reporting model in its classrooms and programs.  More than a report card, Standards Based Reporting improves student learning by shifting the focus away from earning points to a focus on learning and working towards mastery of standards. When we instruct and report in a standards based way we are communicating with more clarity than traditional grading practices could ever achieve.

It’s important to note that Standards Based Reporting is not the only thing that will have a positive impact on student learning. The core instructional practices behind SBR are what will help students grow as they demonstrate what they know, understand and can do.

This page is designed to inform visitors about the work Lake Bluff School District 65 educators and leaders are engaged in surrounding Standards Based Reporting.

Since many of the questions that are being asked are common, we have developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions (link opens in a new window).

Otus Information

All parents/guardians of students at Lake Bluff Middle School should have received an e-mail with login information for their child's Otus account.  Otus allows parents and students to track student progress toward standards in real time.

  • For a basic overview of how Otus Works, click here for a video created by Otus (link opens in a new window).
  • For information on how to get started with Otus, click here (.pdf file opens in a new window).
  • To login to Otus, please click here (link opens in a new window)

Questions or concerns about Otus can be directed to Nate Blackmer at

Standards Based Reporting Podcasts

Our Middle School team has been hard at work helping others to understand how District 65 uses Standards Based Reporting.  Download or listen to any of the podcast links in the folder below.

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