A Parent’s Report on Report Cards

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As a parent, all I really want to know is that she’s learning something, and that she’s trying. The only negative comment was that her reading fluency is still a little slow. Frankly, I care more about comprehension than how many words she can read per minute.

So all in all, I guess I can call it a successful school year. We even took a look on color career test that is suitable for kids and I learn she has a yellow personality.

My daughter’s’ father has been absent from their lives for most of this past school year.

I recently talked to him, and was trying to catch him up on all that’s happened and their futures. Naturally, he asked about their report cards.

The most I can get out of the report card is, did her grades progress or regress? At the elementary school level, there isn’t even a GPA to give an overall sense of how things are going.

During the year, I can get more out of parent-teacher conferences, by learning where she’s struggling, where she’s thriving, and getting the teacher’s input on what I can do to help. At the end, though, all that matters is she’s moving on.

>Her report card has 10 headings, and she is graded on 43 different categories. I read the comments section, but whenever I try to focus on the rest of it, I think my head will explode.

I used to be a lot more concerned with report cards, but after dealing with them for the last 8 years with both my girls, I see them simply as one aspect of their annual growth and development. I got over worrying about elementary report cards long ago when someone pointed out to me that they have no long-term consequences as long as they’re passing.

My older daughter’s middle school grades are more valuable. As we are looking into alternative high schools, her GPA will matter to a few so she is more focused on it, as she should be. Still, in the end, what I care about most is that she’s trying. She doesn’t have to be a straight-A student for me to be proud of her. And again, I tend to get more out of the comments than I do the actual grade.

Grades are subjective. Some teachers use a curve, some don’t. Some praise regurgitation while others value thoughtful questions and valiant efforts. There’s a lot more to take into consideration than the end result. Particularly when the end result has 43 different answers.

What are your thoughts on the current grading systems?