Q:

What are the red flags showing learning problems to look for on children's last report cards of the year? -- Want to Know

A:

Start with grades. They truly indicate the quality of your child's work. One caution: Look carefully at elementary report cards to see what level your children are working on in reading and math. For example, a great grade in the lowest reading group is telling you that your child's reading skills are weak compared to his or her classmates.

In the upper grades, D and F grades are red flags showing your child has not mastered a subject. If it is one like math and foreign language, a C or better grade is essential to future success in that subject.

Don't just look at grades. Note if there are problems with behavior or study skills.