A = Substantially exceeds the standard
B = Meets the standard
C = Making progress toward the standard
D = Making less than acceptable progress toward the standard.
F = Does not meet the standard.
(Or so I'm sold by last week's back-to-school night hand-out.)
Our school district does not give out plusses and minuses, so there's no need to define A- or B+.
And yet... Besides the sinister, Orwellian overtones of "the standard", there's the unexplained overlap between D and F and the large gap between A and B.
So here are my questions:
1. Does someone who is considered to exceed the standard but not "substantially" receive an A or a B?
2. How can someone be identified as "substantially" exceeding the standard when most assignments and tests don't measure skills that exceed the standard?
3. How does the system ensure that subjective teacher judgments don't determine whether a standards-exceeding but not obviously "substantially" exceeding student gets an A or a B?