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What's in a grade?

What's in a grade?

Misunderstandings about the Baltimore County Public Schools' grading and reporting policy and procedures are becoming widespread following changes this year. Here is some clarity.

The need to facilitate deeper learning for every student has prompted a number of changes in our classrooms, including our approach to grading. We believe grades should provide equitable, accurate, specific and timely information on student progress toward course expectations.

Simply put, the same work completed in two different classrooms should receive the same grade. Fairness makes grades meaningful. Otherwise, we are not being honest with students about their progress so that we can take their...

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