I was just thinking about this while reading another thread. Why do we even give grades at all? I have heard other teachers complain about this before. Wouldn't it make more sense to just list scores? How does your school do report cards? Consider this scenario (based on the real set up of a local school): Fifth grade classes are leveled. Ms. G. has all the high level students. Polly is reading at a seventh grade level, but sometimes doesn't turn in her work, so she gets a "C". Ms. S. has lower level students. Sue is reading at a second grade level. Sue turns in all her work, and gets a "A" because she tries hard. Sue's parents see her report card. "All A's! Wow! Sue is doing great in school." Likewise, Polly's parents see her report card, and wonder what happened. Polly loves to read at home. Sure, the lack of motivation is a problem, but should that really be her reading grade? She still is a great reader, and well above grade level. Perhaps she is bored because the content is below her level. It's just crazy to me how subjective grades are. Teachers can have different work requirements. I saw a news report a few weeks ago about another local school that switched to Common Core. Parents are mad because their students went from being "A" students to getting "C-"s in math class; now they are pulling their students out of school to home school them in a parent group, just for math. Wouldn't it make more sense just to list a behavior grade (or something like that), and then a score? As in, listing on the report card that Sue tries hard but reads at a 2.3 grade level, and Polly lacks motivation but reads at a 7.6 grade level? This would make so much more sense, in my opinion.