I know there are a few other teachers around here, I'm just guessing more than a few parents? Well today/tonight was ours. I'm glad over. Actually I didn't have any parents 'up in arms,' However it must be disconcerting to find that 84% of 13 year olds in US did better than your daughter/son? Highlights: I teach 6,7, 8th social studies. 6th language arts. 7th language arts, reading. 6th grade overall, high-high average ability. 2 kids have CSQ scores below 122. Lowest, 112. 7th low average-low. 2 kids score above 120. Lowest, 73. On average the class hugs the 35%. 8th: really average. High of 120, low 108, most somewhere in between. What do you say to a parent of a 13 year old kid whose standardized scores hug the 15%? Can the parents really 'not know?' As a parent I didn't have a reality problem, as I knew there were learning problems for my daughter, as I knew that my two sons were 'bright'. Conferences and tests scores never blindsided me, though they seem to many. Perhaps some teachers can give me some ideas on 'what I should have said'? Perhaps some parents could give some guidance on what they would like to hear?