I have been working on my report cards and I have to vent. We used a rubric report card that goes from 1-5, with 3 designating grade level work. So a child can get really good test scores and be a 3 because he or she falls into the description for what is acceptable performance for the grade level. 4 and 5 are supposed to be reserved for extraordinary students. It is supposed to eliminate grade frenzy and explain how kids are doing in terms of where they should be at this point in the year. We are not permitted to average grades. We are supposed to look at each child's work and decide whether or not they are performing on grade level and if they are they are supposed to be a 3. Parents don't understand that the score is made up of more than just test grades. It is homework and classwork and effort and participation. They think that if their son got 20/20 on three of the math tests he should be a five. The description that goes along with the report cards explains the distinctions but the parents don't get it. They don't understand that if I give a math test and 12 of my kids get 20/20 and another four get 18/20 and a couple get 16/20 and the rest fall between 15 and 10/20 on math tests that the tests are an appropriate measure of grade level work and then the appropriate rubric grade is a 3. They think that perfect test scores equal a 5 on the rubric and it just doesn't mean that. A 3 is unacceptable to these parents and we all go through this nonsense every year at report card time. It also doesn't help that the teacher in the grade before me ignores the instructions and gives EVERYONE 4s and 5s. HELP!!!!!!!