"Letter grades based largely on standardized test scores hold schools and districts accountable for many factors they do not control, such as social and economic barriers. As research has shown time and time again, poverty is highly correlated with low academic achievement. That doesn’t mean students of poverty are not able to learn; rather, they have greater challenges and obstacles to overcome in order to learn. ... The fact is an A-F grading system cannot account for the many challenges that districts, like Elgin ISD, serving high numbers of students living in poverty face. Yes, poverty matters." Read the full article.