What To Expect On The 2nd Quarter Report Card

We are quickly approaching the end of the 2nd quarter of Kindergarten.  It is hard to believe that we are coming to the halfway point in our school year.  Report cards will be going home the first week in February in most school systems and that is usually when parents begin to get a little anxious.  Most parents are aware of the progress that their child is, or is not, making at school but many parents want perfection on the report card. In my school system, Kindergarten grades with the numbers 1,2,3,4 or 5.  Receiving a 4 is Benchmark and is what most children will be receiving in June.  I repeat June.  The more appropriate grade to receive midyear would be a 3.  This is NORMAL! We are only halfway through our program…halfway! Remember that we are still teaching and your child is still learning.  Parents, if you had a year to learn a foreign language, how would you feel if halfway through the year your professor expected you to know what you should know by the end of the year and gave you’re your final exam?. That wouldn’t seem fair at all would it?  Well, parents you are putting the same type of pressure on your child when you expect grades of 4 or even 5’s in mid year.  It just isn’t going to happen.  Please pay close attention to your child’s strengths and weaknesses that are given in the report card and make a goal to work on those weak areas so that your child will be able to make benchmark grades by June.

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3 responses to “What To Expect On The 2nd Quarter Report Card

  1. Hmmm…this rationale falls a bit short with me. The children should be evaluated on what they’re supposed to know at this point in the school year, not what they’re supposed to know by the end of the year. If they’re doing well now and have mastered whatever they’re supposed to have mastered at this point, then they should be getting 4s and 5s (on your scale of measurement).

  2. kindergartenteacherclaire

    You are correct in saying that children should be graded on what they know now. I agree. The problem that we see is that when children receive a 3 because they haven’t learned everything to be a 4, many parents want the 4 regardless of whether or not their child has achieved a 4. I also have many children who receive 5’s mid year and recieve expansion lessons of what we are learning.
    thank you for writing.

  3. Ahh. That makes perfect sense. I thought you were saying that the children would never receive a four or five just on general principal.

    As always, I read your blog faithfully and have learned a lot from it. Thanks so much!

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