This is a great question. I like Carolyn and Crista’s comments. God’s “Well done!” is based on faithfulness, using well what we have been given, not success (or high scores, if you please). Years ago a highly challenged student in my room forced me to think about this question a lot; although no student was more diligent (faithful) than she, she was not able to compete score wise. So what are God’s thoughts? Who would God commend? Who really was being faithful? Out of my inner struggling with these questions grew a habit I continue to cultivate, that of regularly telling “character stories” highlighting the good qualities being shown in the classroom and on the playing ground. Acknowledging faithfulness in words, notes, and perhaps also other small tokens of appreciation go a long way. I believe celebrating faithfulness rather than high scores does reflect God’s character. As such, when we periodically set individual goals in specific subjects, they are all customized. I find students are very understanding of this. When I ask them to set what they think would be a good goal for themselves (which I then review with them), I have never heard complaints that some are held to a higher goal. Hearing such comments would be an invitation to draw them aside to discuss the meaning of faithfulness and diligence.