For many parents, report cards provide the best indicator of their child’s progress in school. Generations of parents and guardians have been taught to equate student achievement to a letter grade, or percentage, but additional information not reflected on a report card can paint a fuller picture. 

Although report cards remain the go-to method of checking student progress, new research from Gallup and an educational nonprofit called Learning Heroes indicate these progress reports don’t tell the full story of how young scholars are doing in classes, or whether they’re performing at the appropriate grade level. 

The research, compiled in a report called “B-flation: How Good Grades Can Sideline Parents,” finds that parents’ perception of their students’ grade level is often skewed, as many parents believe their child is on grade level when they are not. 

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