Don’t you wish this was a satire? But I assure you that it isn’t.
A school district in Madison, Wisconsin, has gotten rid of old-fashioned letter or number grades and replaced it with a new grading system that’s supposed to be “kinder” to students (https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/02/12/wisconsin-school-district-abandons-a-f-grading-scale-to-prevent-stress/). It’s certainly less informative to parents–and school tax payers.
So no more A, B, C, etc. Instead, it’s going to be EX for “exceeding expectations,” M for “meeting expectations,” DV for “developing understanding,” and E for “emerging” into understanding.
No more excellence, and no more failure. No more mediocrity, either. But heck, you don’t want those mean old grades that hurt kids’ feelings! So much better to cast every child’s performance in the best possible light! Besides, giving out grades was “racist.” So much nicer and un-racist to just shuttle them through 13 years of public school without them learning anything at all. Like, how smart do you have to be to live on welfare and vote for Democrats?
So the parent can’t tell, now, whether his kid is getting the material or not. Shut up and pay.
Was it the worst idea we ever had, as a nation, to allow teachers’ unions? It’s certainly in the running for that honor.