Teen behind bars, parents upset, because his report card is coming up short

UPDATE (11/10) – George Michael received his report card today: 3.96, down from last week’s 4.06. It is now clear he does not need a handgun to succeed!

As he has done in previous months, NBC4’s April Noel is reporting on trends that could change in her Trending April Report Card for girls.

Want to see which parents are feeling good and which have some serious warning signs? Here are some observations about the very best and the very worst report cards of grades 6-8:

— Thirteen students in Orange County, California, got As or B’s in 2018. However, several got F’s or D’s. The results were startling but unsurprising.

“I was kind of relieved and then I was kind of nervous,” said Sarah Von Gertracht, who ended up with a failing letter grade in her 5th grade science report card. But why was she surprised?

“I would be a 5th grader too if I heard, oh, this is going to be a C. I guess I was just thinking that I didn’t expect it.”

In 2017, 50 percent of students in Orange County achieved a grade of A or B. This year, there were nine students with a straight A or B.

Also startling are the low scores for two Orange County students, a 4.8 for Belinda Royer’s 11th grade IB 3-and-a-half year old daughter and 9.9 for George Michael in his 5th grade report card.

“They are passionate about their studies, but they have to focus,” Royer said. “They’re the main reason I’m trying to do more math with my daughter.”

7 percent of Orange County students were in advanced reading in eighth grade. “That’s not very representative for the school as a whole,” said Layne Czabala, the principal at Miramonte Middle School in San Diego, where none of the five students earned an A or B in advanced reading.

— In April 2017, 44 percent of students in Sacramento County got an A or B in their math report cards. This year, there were seven. That makes 10 percent getting an A or B, up from 7 percent last year.

— 70 percent of students in Sacramento County earned an A or B in social studies last year. This year, 59 percent did so. The trend is mirrored for science in Sacramento County, where 7 percent earned an A or B last year. This year, 9 percent did so.

— Very few students got straight A’s in fourth grade in Sacramento County this year. Thirty-two kids received an A or B. That’s 15 percent of the student body.

— Last year, 53 percent of students in Orange County earned As or B’s in English/language arts. This year, 70 percent did.

— However, 44 percent of students in Orange County earned As or B’s in science. This year, 53 percent did. But the same numbers are down for math: 45 percent to 39 percent.

George Michael said he was displeased with his report card.

“I wasn’t too happy about my report card because I think science teachers are teaching the wrong things…” he said.

He said he knew his 5th grade teacher had it in for him.

“I go up to her, ‘I want my report card, I’m afraid you will punish me again.’”

Mayo Clinic licensed psychologist, Joseph Schnider, PhD, MPH, has advised dozens of students who have failed this year. He shared some words of wisdom.

“I’ve always heard the best advice is give yourself a grade of A-plus,” Schnider said. “The school will sort it out for you.”

As for the question about who needs a gun, Schnider says he’s not sure.

“I think it goes to the quality of the shooter as well,” he said. “The better the gun itself, the more it will limit exposure to this type of thing. I think it’s also the gun skill level. The younger, the better.”

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