Understanding Your Child’s Report Card
Purpose of the Report Card
The purpose of a report card is to provide a student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) with a summary of how well a student understands what is being taught, and their level of academic achievement and social development. Report cards should be used in addition to other forms of communication between the
home and school such as the Student‐Parent Portal, parent‐teacher meetings, newsletters and e‐mails.
Report cards for grades 7 – 12 have four parts:
Attendance ‐ Reports the number of days the student has absent from school. Teachers monitor student attendance daily using PowerSchool and include the information in report cards.
Learner Profile ‐ Reports on the social development and work habits using codes that show how often they are displayed over the reporting period. The codes are assigned based on the grade level expectations for social development and work habits:
C – Consistently
U – Usually
S – Sometimes
R – Rarely
N/A – Not Applicable
A comment can be included to provide more detail on the social development and work habits of the student.
Course comments – A short summary of what the student has learned, which includes:
- Strengths (areas of the curriculum where your child is having success);
- Learning needs (areas of the curriculum where your child is still developing); and
- Suggestions to support further learning.
Grades ‐ Grades represent academic achievement only. Although social development and work habits impact student achievement, they are reported in the Learner Profile.
Grades are based on the evidence of student learning and understanding the curriculum concepts and skills taught in the classroom. Evidence is collected over time in a variety of ways,including work products, conversations and observations, etc.
Reporting codes are used to describe how well a student understands the material covered and how well they can apply concepts and skills in relation to the learning outcomes for each subject:
Teachers in Grades 7‐12 will use the same grades and descriptors.
90‐100% ‐ Demonstrates excellent understanding and application of concepts and skills in relation to the learning outcomes.
80‐89% ‐ Demonstrates very good understanding and application of concepts and skills in relation to the learning outcomes.
70‐79% ‐ Demonstrates good understanding and application of concepts and skills in relation to the learning outcomes.
60‐69% ‐ Demonstrates satisfactory understanding and application of concepts and skills in relation to the learning outcomes.
50‐59% ‐ Demonstrates limited understanding and application of concepts and skills in relation to the learning outcomes.
Below 50% ‐ Has not met minimum requirements of the course
INS ‐ Insufficient evidence to determine a grade
IP ‐ In progress until all components of the course are completed.
NA‐ Not applicable at this time. (Used only for reporting in strands in Mathematics grades 7 & 8)
For grades 7‐8, in English Language Arts, French Language Arts and Mathematics students will continue to receive a grade for each major area of the curriculum.
In English Language Arts the major areas for evaluation are: Speaking and Listening, Reading and Viewing, and Writing and other Ways of Representing. In French Language Arts the major areas for evaluation are: Speaking and Listening, Reading and Viewing, Writing and Other Ways of
Representing, and Appreciation of the French Language and Cultural Diversity.
In Mathematics, the major areas for evaluation are: Number (Number sense and Operation sense), Patterns and Relations, Measurement, Geometry, and Data Management and Probability.
Teachers’ communication plans and year plan/course outline will give you information on course outcomes, and assessment and evaluation processes that the teacher uses.
Student/ Parent Response Forms
The student/parent response form is attached to all report cards at every grade level except for the final report card of the year. It is meant to provide an opportunity for students and their parents to respond to the report card, encourage students to comment on what they have done well and what they plan to work on next, and encourage parents to comment on their child’s achievement. It is also an opportunity for parents to suggest ways we can assist students in their learning, and to ask questions regarding their child’s education.
Response forms can be completed, signed and returned to the school for follow up, if necessary.