Report Card

Providing grades for academic proficiency and work habits separately gives parents more detailed information about the areas in which their student is at grade level or is in need of improvement. The traditional grading system combined many elements-test scores, quizzes, completed homework, classroom participation, coming to school on time, extra credit-and averaged the semester's work into a percentage that correlates with a letter grade. This form of reporting does not give you an accurate description of whether a student is at grade level or not. For example, one student might bring home a B because she did all the work, turned in all her homework, and participated in class but didn't quite understand the concepts. Another student might bring home a B because she aced all the tests and quizzes but didn't do any of the homework and didn't participate in class. Each student earns the same grade but for very different reasons. This grade doesn't tell parents very much about what the student knows or how the student can apply that knowledge.

Because standards-based report cards separate the two, you can see if your student needs help with an academic concept or can't remember to turn in homework. Both should be addressed. An overarching goal in education these days is to develop students who not only master academic content but also demonstrate attributes for successful learning beyond school.