"i got a N on my report card what does that mean????
"My child received a 'No Mark' on summer school progress report. I am not really clear on what this means. My child has never received such a mark. I don't know whether to perceive it as a good or bad thing. Can you give me some insight on what a 'No Mark' means."
"What does Banner roll mean ? Is it the same as honor roll?"
"I really enjoyed reading this article, it helps parents remember that there's alot more than just letters and numbers when looking at report cards. We must always praise kids for their hard work and effort and encourage them to better in the areas needed. "
"This is very helpful. I plan to distribute this at my church as the Director of our Grade Recognition Program."
" My childs school has gone to the number scale for report cards as well(1-4), and by using the chart that exsplains what the numbers meen I get that ok, but what I don't understand is the numbers that there using to grade the school work. I'd much rather see a's, b's or c's than 1,2,3's. What do they meen? "
"I enjoyed reading this article, especially catching my attention the part in which you mention that some teachers are tough graders. My daughters have been in gifted since Kindergarten and began an international language pogram (the younger one in French in 1st grade and the older one in 3rd grade in Spanish). I have never seen teachers being so hard on students when it comes to the grades than the French teachers. They think that a C is average and that a 2 in conduct only teaches the child to know that he can do better. I loved them and have learned much of the culture and even the language through the years, but they can't understand that in America private education and universities go by the letter and if the French teachers continue to think that a C is good because it teaches the child to challenge themselves and prove themselves they can do better, then let them go and explain that when our children apply to quality colleges and universities where everybody and every!
thing is a number and a letter. Please, do something about it."
"My daugther(2nd Grader) got a D on her spelling which we couldn't believe because all her examination were almost perfect and she even voted as student of the month. All her subject were A except for spelling we're not dissappointed on her though but on how her teacher grades their student that's worries us. "
"Thank You this information it is very very helpful. I have a student mentioned in both catagories, one receives A's and the other F's F's after F's and she just began 5th grade however the homework she receives seems so much more challenging then the 6th grader with A's and this worries me. I didn't want my A student to be in a non challenging class but would I be expecting bad grades in order to feel she is being challenged. The 5th grader is receiving so many F's I don't even want to bring her to school anymore so I can imagin what she is feeling. I spoke with the teacher and nothing really changed It feels like the train continues to take off with out stopping for any passengers.This is the begin. of the year and so far 25% of the school year is wasted for the 5th grader and she really has no more room to mess up. My 5th grader has alway struggled in school but maintained now she is taking a dive so putting her back isn't an option for me. I also asked the teacher if the !
school had any programs of support he said no, I wasn't sure why the teacher didn't take the extra time to contact me after he seen 25% of her grade go down hill but I panic like any adult would. I'm not sure if sending her to another teacher would put her further back because it might be too much of a change again for her."
" My kids report card reads 1-4 which I think A-F is much better. A 3 and a 4 is such a big difference between a A and B that you have a hard time explaining that to your kid that a 3 is not all that great in most circumstances. Most the time it just means a pass. My son doesntroggnfishing realize that and thinks that as long as he gets a 3 he has done great. Miss the old days!"
"MY SON IS IN AN EC CLASSROOM. LAST YEAR THE REPORT CARD THEY GAVE WAS STANDARD TO THE NORMAL CLASS ROOM. WE PARENTS WITH EC CHILDREN NEED A REPORT CARD THAT IS TAYLORED TO THE CHILD AND HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS, WEAKNESSES AND GOALS AS IN THE IEP. THIS NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED."
"I HAVE FOUND THIS INFORMATION VERY HELPFUL.THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO SHARE IT WITH ME ."
"I think Colleges should not just consider a student's GPA for admittance, but also the type of classes they attended such as whether it was a regular class or an honor class since teachers expect more from students in the honor and advance classes than the ones in the regular classes. "
"I am a single parent raising 3 children, one in 7th one in 6th and one in head start. my children are honor roll students, mainly because I use reverse psycology, dad doesnt understand ,help me to understand the process we need to perform. if the child thinks he is helping the parent understand his school work, he willpay closer attention in class to ensure that he teaches dad the right way to do something.after discussing this technique with their teachers, they too agree. it is a self esteem builder,it instills more responsible behaviors, and it helps keep the chain of communication open,when they are approached by friends offering to get them to go against your wishes ,they will share with you, what was ask of them.and they will always make the decission that you would be proud of.
take it from a single dad,IT WORKS"
"I think parents should also think about how hard they tried, because even if they did get bad grades you should make sure she got it, even if she has to stay after school"
"Thank you so much for the input on my child's report card. You
have enlightened me on a lot of information I needed to know. My children
are the most important blessings in life. I will absolutely use your
information to better my child and myself. I find it really helps my child
if he and I do his homework together and I ask him to help me understand and
teach me, instead of me knowing it all. This really works well and my son
enjoys teaching his mom. If we run into a problem, he and I work it out
together. And to top it off, he feels so very important and that's what
"It was great reading the article on understanding grades. My
son is almost about to complete elementary school and I thought the homework
would increase when he gets to middle school.Without text books or more
homework at home it is a little difficult to monitor the kids progress.
"I enjoyed reading this article but I wish somebody would
address the subject of measuring a child's proficiency by the speed in which
he can complete, specifically, math problems. Our school district demands
that our 2nd grade students complete 70 math problems in 10 minutes or less,
3 or less errors to be 'proficient'. For 'advanceded proficiency' they need
to complete 70 problems in 5 minutes! President Bush's 'no child left
behind' falls way, way short for those students, like our son, that are not
going to be rushed! Accuracy, ability and knowledge have no merit with
these ridiculous standards!! Do the 'powers that be' have any idea what
they are doing to our children? Do they have children?
"Make sure that the teachers know that you are involved in your
child's academic life. Make sure that they understand that you are
supportive of your child's efforts in the classroom. I have found that the
teachers are much more supportive of my child when the teachers understand
that we are there and available.
"This is great, I am challenging Speedway's grading scale in
Indiana because it is inconsistent, if the child misses one, it is a 'B' and
if the child misses two out of 20 it is a 'C'. Human beings do not have the
capacity to be 100% error free, we as adults make mistakes every day.
Elementary students are developing their self-esteem and self-worth at this
time in their life, and if we want productive citizens, then we better
remember what it was like to be a child, so they can be better than us, you
are only a child once in your life. Guide them and help them, do not hinder
them by harshly grading these children on standards that not even adults can
abide by. Thank you for this opportunity to express my feelings, the
children are our future and we are depending on them to be our future
"I am a school bus driver and I am amazed at the number of
students that are seeking answers to the many problems that they are
encountering in the class room. They tell me that their parents dont know
the answers or that their parents simply send them on their way with 'Now
that's your problem....figure it out yourself.....that's what I had to do'.
If the parents only knew how important it is to the child, for them to be
active in their childs school activities.Then you would really see a vast
improvement in the overall standing of the school, as compared to other
schools within their state. Folks, were losing it. Earning a living is very
important. However, it is taking a toll on our future leaders! Money isn't
everything. Your child needs you more than he needs the money you are
"Great article! I am a mother of a 6th grader. We are relocating
to Alabama for our next school year (7th grade). I have really enjoyed the
Florida school we have been attending. I have had internet access to his
grades daily, plus we receive a progress report every 2 weeks. This has
really helped in keeping up with his progress (or lack of).
"This is an informative article and provides good tips for
parents and students. My questions is how are grades assessed? On a number
scale or by letter grades?
"Very informative article. I am also looking for ways to help
improve my high school son's motivation to be more ambitious in the
classroom since he has very little homework. All his teachers complain about
disruptive behavior in the classroom, but other than talking to my son about
respect, importance of education etc. I cannot think of other ways to
encourage him to pay attention to the teacher and less to the numerous girls
who (almost litterally) line up for his attention.
"There should be a way for the parents to access their childs
report cards through the internet. Parents should have a code so they can
look up the report card but can not change anthing, as well as sign that
they have received it.
"Another good tip is to get your child involved in an
interscholastic activity, such as, sports, etc. Studies have showed that
these students are more likely to be 'a success in life'.
"On the subject : gaining admittance into selective colleges; I
hope to hear more
about this in future articles. Looking for a personal guide aimed towards
high school kids in their day to day struggles in the areas of maintaining
g.p.a. staying focused, useful strategies ect..........
"This was very helpful---both as a parent of a 1st-grader
AND a teacher!
The bottom line? READ!! Work!! Be Involved!