Do grades demonstrate the potential of each student?

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When we think about school, it’s almost impossible to imagine the experience without letter grades and grade point averages. But does a number, like a student’s GPA or SAT score really demonstrate what each student is capable of? Does it provide a comprehensive picture of the skills and knowledge each individual possesses? Many schools are taking more meaningful approaches to student evaluations. These approaches are providing families, students, and educators with a more complete picture of each learner’s strengths, challenges, and growth.

Ask Why: Grades is the final piece in a four-part series, co-produced by ATTN and 180 Studio, that is designed to invite us to reflect on the assumptions we make about the thing we call “school.” When we pause to ask why, we can learn from students and educators who are advancing new and different visions.

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