When you understand your child's report card, you'll find a powerful tool that can help you support your child at school and at home. There are two types of report cards used in our district. Standards-based report cards are used for students in kindergarten through fourth grade, and traditional format report cards are used to report progress of students beginning in fifth grade until graduation.
First-quarter report cards are shared at parent-teacher conferences in October. Report cards for the other grading periods are sent home in backpacks or provided online, depending on the grade level.
Standards-based report cards (grades K-4)
This type of report card helps parents and students understand exactly what is expected of them in each subject and developmental area. In areas where the student has met the a certain standard, the teacher enters a +, while a - is recorded for those learning areas still in need of support. This grading system allows teachers to keep track of exactly what your child has already learned, but it also gives you valuable information about the academic and developmental areas where your child would benefit from more help and practice.
To know what skills and knowledge are evaluated in each grade, here are sample copies of each report card:
Traditional report cards (grades 5-12)
A traditional style of report card is used to report progress of students beginning in fifth grade. These report cards include grades of A, B, C, D and F. They also include attendance and absence information, as well as the GPA, or grade point average.
Here are sample copies of traditional report cards used for students in grades K-12: