Heads Up: Disappointing Quiz Scores

Dear Parents,

I just wanted to give you a heads up: We took a quiz on light and parts of the eye in class today that should have been really easy, but lots of kids ended up with grades I’m sure you won’t be happy with.

It should have been easy because the questions on the quiz were either taken directly from a note sheet that is posted in Google Classroom OR were posted on the board during the quiz in a list of "Light Reminders."

For me, this fits a bit of an uncomfortable pattern for our students: They don’t always take the assignments that we do all that seriously. They are polite and well mannered and funny and kind — I REALLY like them — but they also don’t work all that hard on preparing for things like assignments or quizzes.

What is also a bit troubling in this case is that there were three different ways for students to earn extra credit on this quiz.

Students could have taken a picture of the words "UV protection" on a sunscreen bottle, they could have looked at the moon this morning and told me about what they saw, and they could have done a short (1-2 paragraph) report on the unique structures of eyes of different animals. Very few students took advantage of any of those opportunities.

So here’s my suggestion for how you can help: Check out your child’s grade in PowerSchools.

If it is low, ask them how much time they spent studying the notes that are posted in Google Classroom. Also, ask them if they took advantage of the extra credit opportunities available to them. My guess is the answers to those questions will be "not very much" and "no."

If that’s the case for your kid, this hiccup will make for a good conversation starter about the importance of both working hard and taking advantage of extra credit when it is offered.

The silver lining is that we are still really early in the quarter, so kids with low scores will have plenty of time to rebound from this.

For the time being, though, be prepared: Your child’s average might be a heck of a lot lower than they are used to.

Hope this helps,
Bill Ferriter