A+, A, and A-letter grades signify exceptional accomplishment. B+, B, and B- signify excellent performance. C+, C, and C-level performance imply good performance. D+, D, and D- level performance indicate failure.
The term "report card" comes from the fact that these documents were initially used by teachers to give their students an idea of how they did on a test. Today, parents also use report cards to see how their children are doing in school.
On report cards, students receive a grade between 0 and 100 percent. The percentage indicates how successful the student was compared to others who took the same exam. For example, if your child gets a 70 percent on an exam, then he or she achieved better than 70 percent of those who took the same exam. This means that your child scored lower than three out of four people.
Students usually receive a letter grade instead of a number when assessing their performance. These letters are based on how they do compared to other students in the same grade. If your child got a B+ on an exam, this means that he or she achieved better than 79 out of 100 people. Since only the first two letters of the alphabet are used, this means that your child scored below perfect on the exam.
A, B, and C are no longer as simple as 1, 2, or 3. Student report cards today go well beyond the mere letter grades of yesteryear. Many school systems now send home extensive reports on the content of each topic, student growth, social conduct, work habits, learning skills, and other factors. Traditional letter grades aren't expected until third or fourth grade. By then, the report should include more than just a single letter.
The information in report cards helps parents make informed decisions about their children's schools. If your school system uses report cards, be sure to ask for them. The more information you have, the better able you will be to help your child succeed.
Report cards used to be sent home in the spring. Today they're sent home at the end of each school year, so they can help families plan for future years. This is especially important if your school system uses advanced grading. Report cards are an essential tool for advancing students through the grade levels efficiently.
The content of report cards varies depending on the age of the student. Elementary school children usually receive a single document that covers all subjects and grades. Middle school students may receive separate documents for math, language arts, and science. High school students typically receive separate documents for English, mathematics, science, foreign languages, history, art, music, physical education, library, and computer technology.
The distinctions between these letter grades may be more subjective. Frequently, E stands for excellent, G stands for good, S stands for satisfactory, and NI stands for requires improvement. It's critical to understand what the letters at your child's school imply. Parents should also ensure that they comprehend the standards that are being measured. For example, an "I" rating in reading means that even though your child is performing at or above grade level, he or she could be advanced one year in reading ability if he or she participated in additional learning opportunities such as dual-language programs or summer camps.
It's important to note that students may receive partial credit for assignments. Therefore, a student who receives a "G" in reading might actually have earned a "D-" based on the number of points awarded for each assignment.
Additionally, some schools use a pass/fail system instead of letter grades. Under this method, students are either passed or failed according to established criteria. There is no in-between.
Finally, some schools use a system where students are given stars based on their performance. The more stars they earn, the higher the score on the report card.
In general, the higher the letter grade, the better the outcome for the student. However, teachers may choose to give students with deficits special assistance projects or independent study courses to help them improve their scores before moving on to the next grade level.