“Grades during this time should be used as feedback instead of instruments of compliance.”

The Illinois Governor, J. B. Pritzker, made this statement when announcing that schools across the state would be closed until April 30th. Upon hearing it, I was proud that our state would be prioritizing learning and growth over grading. As I reflected on it further, the same thought kept returning to me.

Shouldn’t this be our approach all the time?

Those fully invested in the gradeless (or evidence-based reporting or standards-based reporting) movement…