I'm collecting anecdotes!
Specifically about cases in which smart students are getting lower grades than their classmates.
Perhaps they aren't explaining their answers to math problems.
Perhaps they don't do well with the arts & crafts/"creativity" components of English and social studies assignments.
Perhaps they don't cooperate well in group assignments.
Perhaps they participate insufficiently in class discussions.
Perhaps their classrooms are too cluttered and chaotic for them to concentrate.
Perhaps they are overwhelmed by big, interdisciplinary projects and multi-step directions.
Perhaps they are too uninspired to "go that extra mile" that top grades require.
And perhaps the actual academic requirements in math, science, writing, etc., are so low that they have no way to exhibit their strengths.
Whatever your child's story is, please share it here.