Every gradebook I have ever seen has rows and columns that have students names on the left and assignments along the top, and inside each cell is a space for the grades that await each student. By definition every student is mandated to do the same assignment as their peers.
But what if this kind of standardized tracking is precisely what is holding us back from providing children with a more personalized learning environment?
What if we no longer required all students to do the same projects at the same pace?
I've maintained that differentiated instruction and differentiated assessment would be a heck of a lot more attainable if teachers threw away their gradebooks.
Since I threw mine away in 2004, I have liberated my students (and myself) from the expectation that everyone has to do the same assignments at the same time.
Having high standards for all my students does not require standardization, and throwing out my gradebook helped me understand this.