How do you feel about letter grades vs. the more often used (these days) point system? For certain assignments, I assign letter grades because they are much more qualitatively assessed (things like projects and portfolios). I feel like the feedback is a lot clearer than a point system, and is much more easily communicated to students. For other assignments I use point systems like for homework, and tests. The letter grade has confused a few parents for a few seconds, but once I explain that yes, the letter grades are in fact the letter grade they got, they understand. I feel like it's more akin to using terms like "Excellent" or "Needs Improvement" that are often found in rubrics.