A-E report confusion in Victoria
Although all 482 Victorian Catholic schools have converted to the new A-to-E report card system, some parents are having difficulty in accepting their children's results.
The Herald Sun reports that many teachers are now receiving reports back complete with parent comments - a feature of the new A-to-E report cards issued for the first time at many Victorian schools last month - but concerns are being raised about parents confused by the standardised grading scale, which can see former A students scoring Bs and Cs.
Australian Education Union president Mary Bluett said teachers were being attacked at parent-teacher interviews and through the reports' parent feedback section.
According to Ms Bluett one Catholic primary school teacher in Victoria's east received a comment which read: "My son is brilliant. How dare you give him a C."
Ms Bluett said the reports had put an enormous strain on teachers.
"It is putting a large amount of stress on teachers and many of them feel insulted by some of the things said to them," she said.
Parents should understand the magnitude of converting to the new reporting system, sometimes only weeks before reports were due, Ms Bluett said.
Ms Bluett said the new reporting system puts "a large amount of stress on teachers and many of them feel insulted by some of the things said to them."
"Parents who are upset and angry should let their feelings be known to the State Government rather than principals and teachers," she said.
Teachers marked by report ire (Herald Sun 26/7/06)
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Catholic parents favour A-to-E school reports (CathNews 20/6/06)
27 Jul 2006