Should report cards be part of parent-teacher conferences?

11/6/2011 | Education Week

Educators in some schools are not discussing report cards during parent-teacher conferences, writes elementary-school principal Peter DeWitt. Giving parents the report card before the conference can lead to a focus on a bad grade, changing the scope and tone of the conference, he writes. Instead, DeWitt suggests, teachers can discuss students' portfolios, social or emotional concerns and other data -- an approach that looks at the whole child.

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