Decoding Your Child’s Report Card
The end of the marking period is a time for parents to assess their child’s progress—to make sure they’re on track, improving in subjects, or to see if they need help. But how do you decipher your child’s progress based on a simple letter grade? Does a B mean she truly understands History, or is she only getting parts of what she’s reading or hearing? Does she have the potential for an A but continues to receive Bs despite the long hours spent studying the material? Does a C in math mean he’s struggling with the concepts? Is he lazy or not making an effort to do well? Or, is he doing well on the homework yet performing poorly on the tests?
What’s really going on with your child’s performance in the classroom?
How can you know if they are performing to their potential?
Are they ready for next year’s more strenuous curriculum?
Your child’s struggles in school may be due to a language processing problem. If your C student is spending hours reading the chapter and studying their notes, there is a possibility he is only processing parts of what he’s reading or studying. If he’s not understanding the “whole” of what he’s reading, his comprehension will be affected and can lead to a lower grade than you would expect.
If you have a child who is frustrated by low grades despite hours of hard work, you may want to consider having her evaluated. An evaluation will identify strengths and weaknesses that may be affecting school performance in reading, comprehension, and math.
It’s important to know your child’s potential in order to gauge their performance in the classroom. Can that B in History be an A? And what about that C in Math? Should it be a B? It’s time to see what your child is capable of when it comes to their grades so you can correctly evaluate their report cards.
Learn more about our evaluation process here.