New Report Grades (a parent’s perspective)

Okay, I am not going to spend my life cataloging AGE articles as blogs, but this parent perspective on new government reporting processes was worth quoting:


Another school mother was looking at Ds. Her daughter isn’t
academic; but she’s hard-working and conscientious.”

She thought she’d got off to a good start this year. It’s not as
if she can try any harder, she’s been doing her best. This hasn’t
done much for her self-esteem.”

Back at the cafe I was quoting education department press
releases: “It’s OK to get a C and it’s great to get a B.” My
daughter wasn’t convinced. It’s going to take an awful lot of
bureaucratic spin to persuade her to be thrilled with the new
“commonsense” reports.

A friend who recently moved to Melbourne from Singapore is
baffled. Her clever son’s first Australian school report doesn’t
contain a single A.”

He’s always got As, his mother complained, “How will we explain
this if we go home? They’ll think he’s done so badly. He’ll never
get into a good school.”

This morning, talkback radio was melting with indignation about
the new reports. Sounds like every kid in Melbourne got a C.
Teachers are either playing it safe, or are just as confused as

At the supermarket I chatted with the year 10 student who works
there part-time. She’s been busy with exams at her state school,
which is still using the old ABC grades. “How did you go?” I asked.
Her face fell.”

Lousy. I studied real hard the night before but I got rotten
results. I got all Cs.”

Keeping score

How new school reports grade pupils from A-E against the
expected statewide standard.

A About 12 months or more ahead of pupil’s year

B About six months ahead of pupil’s year

C At the level expected for pupil’s year

D About six to 18 months behind pupil’s year

E About 18 months or more behind pupil’s year