Report Cards and What They Mean
Report cards are submitted at regular intervals to keep parents fully informed about their child’s progress; report cards are an excellent source of information and are intended to stimulate discussion as much as provide answers.
Students receive report cards every nine weeks. They also receive midterm progress reports every 4 ½ weeks.
Progress Reports Issued on:
September 11, 2013
November 13, 2013
February 5, 2014
April 9, 2014
Report Cards Issued on:
October 18, 2013
January 10, 2014
March 21, 2014
May 30, 2014
Academic subjects, such as Math, Reading, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science, for grades 1-5 are assessed using a numerical grading system. For extra-curricular courses, such as Art, Music or PE, your child receives an E, S, N, or U.
If your child receives a grade below 70 in an academic subject that means he/she is in serious academic difficulty and you should contact the teacher immediately. Academic subject area grades are based solely on academic achievement measured by the Georgia Performance Standards. Behavior, effort, and attitude are graded under Classroom Conduct and with specific comment codes.
Subjects in Kindergarten are assessed using a different grading system.
The key to reading the subjects English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science on a kindergartener's progress report is listed below.
- ND-Not Yet Assessed
- ND-Not Yet Demonstrated
- ME-Meets Standard
- EX-Exceeds Standard
The key to reading the subjects Approaches to Learning, Personal and Social Development, and Motor Skills on a kindergartener's progress report is listed below.
- ND-Not Yet Assessed
- AC-Area of Concern
- CD-Consistently Demonstrating
There is a tendency to give too little celebration to the higher grades and ask the wrong questions about the lower grades. Parents should try asking additional questions to gain insight into their child's successes and struggles:
"Congratulations on the A Son. Why'd you get it?" We learn from mistakes and failures; we also learn from success. Maybe the answer to how we got the A is the answer to why we got the C in the other subject.
What's the trend? How does this report card compare to the last one and the one before that; are we getting better, worse, or maintaining?
How do results match expectations? The report card will lose much of its value if it isn't part of a bigger picture that includes expectations, trends, and future plans.
Is there a pattern? What types of courses show better results; math and sciences, reading-based courses, specials? What do the results mean for aspirations; the long and short term plans and objectives? Does 'the plan' need to be modified?
The most important question about a grade that is below expectations is "What will improve it?".
Report Cards give additional information:
This system comments on student effort and attitude. There is usually a connection between the letter grades and attitudes/work habits.
Most report card comments are selected by the teacher from a bank of prepared comments. The computer system allows for two comments of a line or two in length. 'Hand written' comments may also be attached. .
Are there numerous absences? They can be a sign of significant difficulty. Is there a relationship between attendance and progress? Perhaps recurring appointments should happen outside of school time.
SETTING UP PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES
If you’d like to discuss your child’s progress or receive further detail about your child’s grades, you are strongly encouraged to set up a Parent-Teacher Conference to be held via email, phone conversation, or in person.
In addition to report cards, parents can use ParentConnect to monitor your child's academic progress online - anytime.
Through ParentConnect, you can easily communicate with teachers through e-mail or receive automatic e-mail notification of tardies, unexcused absences, missing assignments, failing grades or discipline incidents. Select the "Parent Connect" tab to learn more.