Tuesday, March 23, 2010
No Leg To Stand On
These are Miss’ grades of the last few weeks:
Math Test – 70%, 50%, 60%, and 40% (55% score of F in the real world)
Spelling Test – 42%, 75% (received a Super sticker for this one), 50%, 73%, 73%, 60%, and 60% (61% score of D in the real world)
Weekly State Evaluations – 62%, 46%, 69%, 77%, and 31% (57% score of F in reality)
Science Test – 42%, 70%, 28% (46% score of F in reality)
Vocabulary Test – 34% (F)
Mrs. Teacher informed me today that Miss took a benchmark reading test and received an 18, which is the score she needs to have at the end of the year in reading to move on to the next grade so she really is “quite pleased”. She said also to remember that since they have a student teacher in the room things are not done in the same way they are with an experienced teacher. I think that means that she is the best teacher ever and that she knows how to communicate with Miss and others don’t. I dunno?
These are the grades Miss has received since the teacher informed me that she was bumping up the one-on-one assistance for Miss from herself as well as Miss speech language pathologist. But Mrs. Teacher does not want me to worry.
In first grade apparently they receive opinion-based grades – Outstanding, Satisfactory, Not Demonstrated Consistently and Unsatisfactory. I thought that the number grades determined the “score” but maybe not or maybe it doesn’t matter what your number scores are as long as your teacher thinks you should move to the next grade.
On the one hand I’d like to just say good enough if they aren’t worried why should I? But…the fact is this is a child with SERIOUS mood disorder and she seems to feel overwhelmed and frustrated with schoolwork or ticked off or something. As I have said before we here on the home front believe it is a mixed bag based on what we see at home with homework, but what do we know?
What I do know is that we have seen an increase in “I don’t want to go to school” tantrums and tardiness in harmony with these grades. So my feeling is that this school situation is affecting her overall stability and self-regulation because if a person is feeling anxious for hours on end that is going to effect their brain chemistry. To say nothing of her sense of self esteem or lack there of.
Buy it seems as long as she pulls these benchmark test scores out of the hat we don’t have a leg to stand on and we just have to take it as it comes.
If these were your kids scores and yet the teacher is saying all is well would you be concerned or thankful that Mrs. Teacher feels all is well? Input welcome here.