But then Nora gets fed up with the importance everyone attaches to test scores and grades, and she purposely brings home a terrible report card just to prove a point.Suddenly the attention she's successfully avoided all her life is focused on her, and her secret is out.Nora then has to meet with her teachers, parents and school principal to "discuss why she got the grades she did".
To know how a child is doing, the parents need a context: compared to what ?
No matter how detailed, a narrative can never tell us whether language that describes, praises, and criticizes is relative to our expectations for the child, classroom norms, or absolute high standards of achievement.
Current report cards say too little about the specific tasks the student has actually done or not done, and to what specific and verifiable level of performance.
And they say too little about progress toward exit-level standards.
" /Parents need to know that the author is straightforwardly raising an issue of great importance to children: the use and misuse of grades and testing in school.
Fifth grader Nora remembers everything in her life.From an early age, everything was always very easy for her: puzzles, school work...However, Nora does not like to perform or be pushed around.While her sister's grades and accomplishments are extraordinary, and her brother's are certainly far from lacking, she brings home a report card full of Ds.For years, Nora has convinced her parents, teachers and friends that she is nothing more than average; her brightest talent is on the soccer field. She takes college-level astronomy courses online and taught herself to understand Spanish by watching television. As he did with FRINDLE and THE SCHOOL STORY, Andrew Clements creates a perfect setting to raise the question of "What if?Parents need to know that the author is straightforwardly raising an issue of great importance to children: the use and misuse of grades and testing in school.But the way the main character goes about it is questionable at best, raising even more issues -- giftedness, protest, rebellion, and achievement.She in no way wants to attract attention to herself.That's why once she got into grade school, she started to think more "normally".The story begins when Nora has just received her first report card of fifth grade. Her friend Stephen is very simpathetic and confused, especially when Nora tells him she WANTS to get bad grades.As she suspected, Nora's parents are furious with her grades.