End of school year: report meetings

Expert Guidance for a Smooth parent-teacher meeting

As we are approaching the end of the school year, many parents will be invited to attend a meeting with the teacher to discuss their child’s school reports.

The Dutch way of grading is different from most other countries, and you will encounter a lot of abbreviations and percentages.

Dutch grading vs. American

Understanding the Process

How to read your child's report card

How to interpret your child's report cards - Cito graphs
Commonly, in the Netherlands, the grades are unrelated to the percentage of the test questions you have answered correctly. The teacher decides for each test separately how many mistakes you are allowed to make to still get a pass (=5.5).
Don’t hope for a 10, because this means that everything is perfect, that every comma has been put in the correct place, and that nothing could have been done better. In other words, a 10 is only destined for God.
 
In secondary school it gets even more complicated, where it is still possible to pass the year with insufficient grades. But, not for the core subjects…..
How this all works? Book a video call, and we’ll explain it all.
 
Good to know: in general, there is little competition in class, and there is little push to be the best in class. On the contrary, many students are just happy with a 6 on their final report card.
I found this video about the Dutch ‘Sixes’ Culture vs US ‘Performance’ Culture very enlightening. (The accompanying picture is from their video).

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