You’ve followed the plan exactly.
But something is just not quite clicking and your child’s grades are not looking awesome.
Here’s exactly what to do when grades are low…
Reach Out ASAP
The best thing you can do when your child is struggling is to use that amazing parent-teacher team that you’ve built. You’ll get insights into your child’s school day, plus the teacher will probably also point you towards great resources, too.
Send this email:
I noticed that (Child’s Name)’s grades in (subject) are looking a little lower than normal. I want to make sure that s/he in understanding and able to keep up.
Can you let me know what you are seeing in the classroom? I can come in to meet with you if that is easier. I am available (dates/times).
Thanks so much for your help,
DIY Learning at Home
The best time to add a learning booster is right when you notice a problem. There are so many ways to enrich your child’s education at home right now. From workbooks to online learning portals, you’ve got it all.
Another great resource is workbooks. Whether you are headed to an actual bookstore or ordering online, there are thousands of great books on the market. Look for something that might appeal to your child visually and is slightly lower than their current grade level. For example, a child struggling with 5th grade math might do well with a 4th grade math workbook. Your child will feel successful and review key content to help him progress!
Don’t overlook Teachers Pay Teachers either! There are so many free and super cheap downloads on here. From review worksheets or presentations to printable activities and flashcards, you can probably find exactly what you are looking for here.
Consider a Tutor
Hiring a tutor is one of the best things for children struggling in school. This targeted intervention is often exactly what some students need to get back on track.
A great tutor will work with your child’s teacher(s) to tailor at-home sessions to what is going on in class or to reteach trouble spots.
If you need help finding a tutor in your area, email me! I can help you search for and find the best tutor for your family, either online or in person.
Nothing is Helping…
When nothing is working between efforts at home and at school, there might be something else going on. To really determine if there are additional concerns, always give new research-based interventions 4-6 weeks. If there isn’t improvement after that, it’s your call whether to try something else or initiate the next step.
If nothing has helped, consider requesting a special education evaluation. Parents can initiate requests, but schools do not always have to complete the testing. They may decline, but they should always provide a concrete reason for their decision.
To really decide if this is the best route for you, get in touch with the teacher sooner rather than later. You’re going to want to have a sit down meeting.
At your meeting, you should:
- Let the teacher know that you are going to request testing for special education
- Ask the teacher to make copies of all in-class work going forward
- Request that either the originals or the copies be sent home at least weekly
- Ask the teacher to keep or share data about the areas of concern
- Check to see if there is anything else that could possibly be helpful
Remember that to formally request a special education evaluation, your request must be in writing and must be specific. Asking for “testing” isn’t going to cut it. You need to specify the area(s) in which you want your child tested, like math, social skills, speech and language, and reading comprehension.
You should also provide a reason that you are requesting the tests. This is where those work samples and the data from the teacher will come in handy. Attach copies of all of this to your request letter along with any diagnostic information from medical professionals or additional testing.
How did you handle your child’s low grades? Share your best tips in the comments!