My middle schooler is very organized. She has to be, because she is in public school, and the only way to get into the good programs is to either be part of the "insider crowd" (people who have been here for generations) or prove that you can handle these things on your own.Thank you Quincy. I have spoken with my daughter. She claims that she is doing fine. When I asked to see ALL of her grades in the class to confirm what she said, she can't produce them in an organized fashion. I'm not sure is you have a middle schooler, but they aren't the most organized. That's why many schools have Powerschool (like our marvelous public school) . So a parent and student can see the student's grades without bothering the teacher.
Your statement "Ask if the poor performance on the test reflects her overall performance in the class" is PRECISELY the reason why I want to see ALL of her grades. I don't want to waste his time (and my time) having a face to face discussion. If I see the grades, I'll know that it was an anomaly or a pattern. Quincy, your advice is very good. But I wasn't looking for "how do I handle this situation" advice.
I thought that this forum was free legal counsel from legal professionals.
I wanted to know if I have a legal right to see all of my child's grades and if the school/teacher has a legal obligation to send me those grades when asked. I wanted sound legal advice from a legal professional.
That said, you have chosen to enroll your child in a private school. Policies at private schools can diverge radically from public schools. I do not think that yours is a legal question, as we do not know what your daughter's schools policies are, nor whether there has been a breach of contract.
Your recourse: make an appointment with the head of school and ask for clarification of the school's official policy on the subject. You can go to the Board of Trustees, if there is one, and try to change the schools rules. Or, most practical yet: if you do not like the pedagogical style on the PRIVATE school your daughter is in, SWITCH TO ONE THAT SHARES YOUR VALUES, namely, switch to a school that believes being in partnership with parents means keeping the parents informed about grades.