Report Cards Include Non-Cognitive Traits

An increasing number of schools have begun including character skills on students’ report cards. These schools track behaviors like optimistic thinking, social awareness, metacognition, zest, grit, responsibility, and managing emotions.

Teachers say having these skills on report cards help them communicate with kids and their families and get them on the same page to help students develop socially and emotionally. Concerns include bias, inconsistency, and the perception that students are being labeled and compared to their peers.

At Elevate Teachers, we love hearing that schools are taking non-cognitive skills into account (Click here to watch Paul Tough explain the importance of character and grit). We also understand the concerns connected to giving grades on soft skills; we hope to see methods put in place that address and attempt to minimize these issues.

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