(Re: “Honor roll discontinued for middle grades,” Nov. 23, 2017) [The story] doesn’t really explain why they feel they need to grade the way they do. It is a matter of opinions, and many just disagree with this style of grading that led to not really being able to have an honor roll. 

     It is an admission that this style of grading does not really allow for a good measurement. If it did, you could just take the 4s as the top and so on to redefine. Got to love how we just had to fix what was not really broken.

     This kind of thing is about the schools being able to claim they are meeting standards and expectations, ranking the school rather than the student.
Part of the reason why the report card may look good is you dumb down the grading so more kids can be assessed in the higher rankings. This style of grading can swing the viewpoint upward more than just straight up right and wrong grading of responses on quizzes and tests would.

     This isn’t exclusively picking on the RASD. This is happening all over. ...

— Jeff Walsh
Caledonia, Wis.

     To read the entire letter, see the Nov. 30, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.