How do Pandemic School Closures Affect Children's Grades?
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- There are lots of elements in American life that have been affected or transformed by COVID-19. One of them is the report card.
- Many school districts are afraid that the educational challenges and economic hardships that have been caused or exacerbated by COVID-19 should temporarily disqualify students from poor grades.
- Some school systems are experimenting with a return to Pass/Fail formats. Others are issuing straight A's to every student.
- Critics of the new grading systems worry about removing the incentive from the schooling process. Others worry how university-bound high achievers will be able to distinguish themselves from their peers during this semester.