And Now, Motorola Junior High

The seventh-graders in Jan Robinson's class at Cooper Junior High in Buffalo Grove, Ill., no longer receive letter grades. Instead, they get written evaluations of their skills in such areas as communication, problem-solving, and willingness to work in teams. Tests and quizzes are rated on a three-level scale: change needed, achieves standard, and exceeds standard. Traditional seventh-grade courses have been replaced by multidisciplinary "themes," such as Meetings & Greetings, Changes, and Checks & Balances.

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