I live in Queensland and have a 12 year old son who was born December 30 1999. I chose to start him at school later, so he is in class with children who were born in 2000. This has worked out well, with him doing quite well academically (B average) over the years and he is doing well socially too. He is an all round pretty balanced boy, and I am happy with his development on many levels.
Last year (year 6) he again received a good report with mostly Bs for his school report and two As for his QCAT assessments in science and literacy.
However, I was NOT happy with his teacher - I felt she was disinterested in teaching and many other parents felt the same way. I was concerned that there was not enough follow up on mistakes made in homework, for example. My son didn't seem to have a great attitude to his school work and near enough became good enough. He has been a near A student in maths since the early grades (teachers said he wasn't quite an A, but very close). This morning I saw the results of his first day back at school fraction test. His teacher showed me the full class results (with some names included) and his score was more than half way down the class list. I was surprised at this and she put it down to school holidays etc, and that there will be a full revision on fractions over the next few weeks. She said this result put him at a C.
Would this ring alarm bells for you? Possibly I'm jumping the gun, but I would have thought he would have had a much better result than this, considering also some of the children who scored better (who he has been with since kindergarten) Early days, I know, but I don't want him to go into high school at this level! Education is so important. One of the parents actually pulled her child out of this school because of the poor year 6 result (teacher).
I suspect I'm jumping the gun, and I need more results than just this one - but I have been concerned since the middle part of last year, I do think he has good teachers this year - there are two sharing the job, and they both seem very switched on and energetic.
Anyway, any thoughts? Thanks!