(Re: “Honor roll discontinued for middle grades,” Nov. 23, 2017) ... The four-point scale may (unfortunately) be expressed as numbers but it should always be talked about with the words that describe levels of proficiency.

     One of the main advantages is that the performance levels have real meaning, not just the symbolic meaning of letters or numbers.

     The whole point of sbg (standards-based grading) is that is much easier and much more accurate gauge of achievement than traditional grading.

— Ken O’Connor
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

To read the entire letter, see the Dec.7, 2017 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.