Imagine climbing into your car, turning the ignition, and seeing a single number on the dashboard. Baked into that solitary number is your gasoline gauge, speedometer, oil gauge, RPMs, trip counter, etc. The engineers simply programmed some formula or average to get a single number to your dash. We’d be in a mess!
Why do so many schools continue to use a single number for a course grade or report card? Why do we bake in effort, participation, homework, quizzes, tests, projects, collaboration, etc.? What if we disaggregated the single score and utilized a more detailed dashboard?!