Like many people, I hate the recommendation forms for graduate schools, particular the part where you're asked to rank/rate a whole bunch of abilities. When the electronic application allows me, I omit this part or select an option like "cannot evaluate" and maybe make a comment somewhere to see my letter for everything.
I know many people just mark the highest ranking for everyone, but I don't even want to do that (for one, it seems dishonest; also, sometimes it's not clear which is the highest ranking without carefully reading the question).
The places I'm familiar with (some math grad schools) probably don't care about what you put here at all. As far as I can tell, the people who design these forms are pretty far removed from those who make admissions decisions. The only time I could see these coming into play is if a student gets very bad ratings or one person has lower ratings from the same recommender.
But I want to make sure I'm not doing my students a disservice, so:
Does anyone know of any US grad programs where not ticking these boxes on recommendation forms will hurt my students' chances? If so, please indicate what kinds of graduate programs (e.g., maybe it matters for MBA but not STEM programs).