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But then Nora gets fed up with the importance everyone attaches to test scores and grades, and she purposely brings home a terrible report card just to prove a point.Suddenly the attention she's successfully avoided all her life is focused on her, and her secret is out." /Parents need to know that the author is straightforwardly raising an issue of great importance to children: the use and misuse of grades and testing in school.

Yet, mere norms mislead: maybe the class is so heterogeneous that we compare apples and oranges without shedding light on whether each student's performance level is appropriate; or maybe the student's performance is good compared to students in that class, but mediocre compared to students in the best classrooms in the region.

The problem with our report cards is that grades and comments are always encoded and not standard-referenced.

In short, she's a genius, but she hides her abilities from almost everyone because she doesn't want to be singled out. As an experiment, she is purposely scoring low to average on tests in order to show everyone that intelligence is not necessarily equal to your test scores. For anyone who has ever received a low test score and said, "I thought I did better than that! " and take it beyond simple answers while keeping the story believable.

The only person who knows this is the school librarian, who discovers Nora's list of visited websites and sees Nora for what she is.

Adding a single letter grade helps very little: the parent still does not know whether the grade represents relative or absolute achievement.

Some schools do give comparative data about individual performance against local norms, and many letter grades implicitly provide such a comparison.However, Nora has different opinions on grades and tests than her family.She thinks they are "based on a bunch of stupid information that anybody with half a brain can memorize".While her sister's grades and accomplishments are extraordinary, and her brother's are certainly far from lacking, she brings home a report card full of Ds.For years, Nora has convinced her parents, teachers and friends that she is nothing more than average; her brightest talent is on the soccer field. She takes college-level astronomy courses online and taught herself to understand Spanish by watching television. As he did with FRINDLE and THE SCHOOL STORY, Andrew Clements creates a perfect setting to raise the question of "What if?To know how a child is doing, the parents need a context: compared to what ?No matter how detailed, a narrative can never tell us whether language that describes, praises, and criticizes is relative to our expectations for the child, classroom norms, or absolute high standards of achievement.She in no way wants to attract attention to herself.That's why once she got into grade school, she started to think more "normally".A fifth-grade genius turns the spotlight on grades - good and bad - in this novel from Andrew Clements, the author of Frindle.Nora Rose Rowley is a genius, but don't tell anyone.


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