Shouldn't success be determined by the learning and not the grade? It is too bad that the grade tends to trump the learning that occurs. I have seen this first hand where students will intentionally dodge more difficult courses so that they don't risk their perfect GPA. Is this what we really want? Kids that choose not to take risks because of the impact to their grades? I think standards based grading switches the focus from the grade to the learning. If grades aren't attached kids are more willing to take risks. To me as a parent I want to know how my child is doing on specific skills rather than grade that tells me very little.