How to Read a Report Card

“What do you mean…read a report card???  If I can see an A, B, or C or a 1, 2, or 3….doesn’t that mean I’m done?”

do you read this part of the report card?

how about this?

..or this?

maybe your card looks like this...

I have a few pointers for you to help you make the most out of the information available to you on that report card. There are many different types of cards…for elementary and secondary schools…types of reporting with grades and/or numbers. No one can know what that reporting system means without actually ‘reading’ the directions first. Yup, that’s what I said…you really do have to know what the +’s and -’s mean that are attached to letter grades. But even more than that, most cards have individual standards listed underneath each major heading (like math)…if you see x’s or checkmarks in little boxes there, do you know what they mean?  I don’t either unless I ‘read’ the card. It’s the only way to know if those extra marks are encouraging or hoping for more attention! The more you read that side of the card, the more you can help your child to succeed academically.

here's my favorite part of report cards...

But, more importantly, at least in my opinion, is the other part of the card. You know….the part that talks about citizenship and/or work habits…. This area of the card is so important in telling you how your child is doing with traits that will be of benefit to him all through his life. Reading the card is, again, of utmost importance to see what the ‘grades’ are in these areas. If, for example, 1-5 is used to report a child’s ability to listen to and follow directions…what does that mean to you? Is a 3 for satisfactory okay with you?? In life…don’t you need to be able to follow directions in a better manner than satisfactory? I always wanted a 1 or 2 in every area in both citizenship and work habits for my children at home and for the students I taught at school. Less than that meant, to me, that the kids weren’t trying their best to be kind or work hard or finish things on time or whatever the skills were on that card.

are these important qualities for you to monitor?

social and personal growth?? Oh, yeah!

work habits are extremely important also...

Make sure you check with your child’s teacher about their methods of grading and what they expect, but then also remember to read and understand that report card before zooming directly to the numbers and letters. And because I can’t leave it alone…please encourage citizenship and work habits above all else. Our world definitely could use kind and responsible citizens now and in the future.

 

Just thoughts from a retired teacher…hoping to be helpful!

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D and C

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