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Last year, when my oldest daughter was in first grade, her dad and I did something fairly unusual: when the school sent her report card, we didn't show it to her. Why would we? It was a bunch of random letters that said nothing about what she had actually done. Worse still, these letters didn't reflect what she knew about her own abilities. They were arbitrary based on a few examples of worksheets, a fairly significant misinterpretation of how standards-based grading works, and some really, astonishingly silly school practices.
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