Why parents should view letter grades as classroom feedback

12/10/2012 | Teacher Leaders Network

What grades middle-schoolers earn on their report cards is less important than whether they have mastered key skills, concepts and work behaviors, sixth-grade teacher Bill Ferriter writes in this blog post. Ferriter suggests parents set an expectation that lower grades will mean their child will have extra, nongraded work to do at home to learn the material. "Instead of being angry about a score that doesn't meet your expectations, use that score as a starting point for conversations with your child," Ferriter writes.

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