Where I work we "hear" that many student who have gotten A's at the elementary level will suddenly get F's at the secondary level. This has made me think about who and how this happens. right now I am thinking that at the elementary level we have many students who are "smart" yet consistently do very little work. However, these students are still able to get good grades, at times, even As, due to how easy the standards are. I envision, conferences with parents going something like this: teacher: your child is failing, they produce very little of the required work, they have extremely poor study skills, and are severely lacking academic behaviors. parent: I am completely confused and do not understand!, Jimmy has gotten honor roll at "blank elementary school" every year. Is there truth to what I am thinking? I feel I need to do a better job preparing parents of "smart" students with very poor academic behaviors, that the end is coming in secondary.