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Jo Anna
04-15-2008, 04:38 PM
My dd 9 goes to ps. (she is staying with me this week, due to her dad being on vacation in Vegas). She just brought her report card home.

Since when is an 84% a C? Also things like for her reading she has read 53 chapter books so far this school year, and passed all but like 2 tests on them. Now the teacher is recommending that she needs more extra help at home in reading more books. She is in the 3rd grade reading 3 - 5th grade level books. What the heck is this teacher talking about?

Also she is a wiz at math. She has had a 98% A, 99% A, and now a 94% A. All year on her report cards and yet the teacher says she needs to practice more to improve her skills. What?
I am beginning to think this teacher has not satisfied with anything!
Just had to vent thank you for listening.
(On another note this is the teacher that I took my son out of her class when we began homeschooling)

daddys3chicks
04-15-2008, 05:15 PM
Don't know where you are, but here in NC they teach to the EOG tests (end of grade tests). They have to meet certain levels to attain a certain rating for the school.

Add to that the fact that our kids here are put into the Accelerated Reader program at the end of Kindergarten! They are given a points goal and expected to read AR books and test on them each quarter.

I firmly believe the AR program is what killed my oldest DDs interest in books. I am hoping hsing will revive that interest.

As for the grade breakdowns, they go by the old standards - instead of 90-100 is an A, 80- 90 a B, etc. Makes for the teachers having to push them harder to get the grades at levels to make the ratings levels.

Maybe the "working harder" on her reading has to do with one of these reading points programs. As for math, it might be that they have a certain level they need to attain on end of year tests and the teacher is pushing her to learn those concepts.

Hard to say.....

Jo Anna
04-15-2008, 05:20 PM
We also have the AR program. She has met her goal every time. I just think it is the teacher.LOL

MonkeyMamma
04-15-2008, 05:32 PM
I firmly believe the AR program is what killed my oldest DDs interest in books. I am hoping hsing will revive that interest.



I believe this is true for my daughter too. After two years of homeschooling she finally is learning to love to read.

rmcx5
04-15-2008, 06:23 PM
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I firmly believe the AR program is what killed my oldest DDs interest in books. I am hoping hsing will revive that interest.

As for the grade breakdowns, they go by the old standards - instead of 90-100 is an A, 80- 90 a B, etc. Makes for the teachers having to push them harder to get the grades at levels to make the ratings levels.

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Yep, my oldest hated reading until we started homeschooling and found the Dear American series and some others. They did AR and Reading Counts at her old school and could only read those books that the school owned so they'd have the test......so she refused to read anything that didn't count because of the goals they had to meet within some random zone. Her latest fav books are The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Johnny Tremain (books that I'm sure her previous grade wouldn't read for years if ever).

As for the grading scale, I was recently surprised to see Abeka Academy's grading scale. I don't have it right here but if I remember correctly, the B's started at a 94...yikes that seems high. 93-ish was a B.

My grading scale growing up was not the 90-100 kind. It was 100-92 A, 91-84 or 83 B, 82-75 C. I can't remember the exact cutoff between B & C. But I had the break betw and A & B memorized...that was of course, always the goal to squeak the 92 out.

If I were giving letter grades at home (which I don't), I'd probably use the one I had growing up. My kids Dept of Defense school didn't use letter grades on report cards so they aren't used to them.