Hello I was wondering what your thoughts were on teachers giving test grades for random stuff. My 16 year old kid in high school, texted me to tell me he failed a math exam (Algebra 2). But it was "OK" because the teacher was doing a "binder check" and if you had all your notes you got a 100 test grade in the book and that would help compensate for the failing test. This same teacher has also done Book cover checks before for the same thing, when several did bad on a test. Another one of his high school teachers for his Government class saw that several students failed a test, so she gave them a coloring sheet on The Constitution as a TEST GRADE. I'm not against giving a kid a little extra credit of actual WORK pertaining to the subject matter for a little boost at the end of the reporting period. However, binder checks and book cover checks and coloring sheets for HIGH SCHOOL seems a bit ridiculous. My kids go to a different high school than I work at, because we live in a different district than the one I work in. As a parent, it frustrates me that my child is being given free passes instead of being held accountable by teachers to learn the material. Am I being overly critical? From a teacher standpoint, I would feel the same way. If you, as a teenager know that failing a test simply means you get a random silly thing as a test grade, what motivation is there for actually learning the material and passing the test?