We all know that an “A” is outstanding and an “F” means failure…
But what do you do if your child gets a “C”?
Well, it used to be, back in the good ole’ days when we were growing up (and used to walk to and from school in the snow… uphill both ways) that a “C” was “average.”
Clearly, that’s no longer the case.
As we’ve covered before, because of grade inflation an “A” is the most awarded grade in the United States. To recap, as of 2016, among high school students who have a C or higher GPA:
That means that on average, a “C” means your child is struggling in class. They do not have mastery of the material, and are likely falling further and further behind their classmates.
Additionally, if the “C” is in a cumulative class like math, a math-based science, or a foreign language, where one skill builds upon another, it’s especially hard for your child to dig him or herself out of a hole.
So here’s a quick breakdown of how to interpret your child’s grades:
Now on to the “hard” part – The Do’s and Don’ts of report card reactions