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.
- Capturing student learning and growth through competency and portfolio grading.
- Why do grades hold so much power over our children’s future?
- In American schools, what is quality work?
- Chicago drops SAT/ACT requirement. Will other schools follow?
Check out other videos in the Ask Why series: