The last progress reports of this academic year will be published next week and I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone exactly what a progress report is and how we use it.
Progress reports are simply a snapshot of how your student is doing at a particular time. For example, teachers had to prepare their progress reports by 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020. That is when Mrs. Klotter imported all the grades from the grading system. Any teacher could then go into their grade book at 10:01 a.m. and add more grades that could drastically change a student’s overall average in the class. But the progress report, being a snapshot taken at 10:00 a.m., will still indicate the earlier grade.
It is nearly a week-long process for us to gather, edit and publish the progress reports. Mrs. Klotter reads all of the reports and, if there are any questions, she asks the teacher to clarify. Progress reports are necessary for me and advisors to have a formal check-point of student progress. But they are not considered formal grades. The only formal grades we have are at the end of the first and second semesters.
During this particular progress report, all students will have many comments from teachers specifically reflecting on the student's transition to our virtual platform. Please know that the best way for you to understand your child's progress on a day-to-day basis is to read the comments provided with the individual grades in the online grade book. All parents have access to their child's grade book and those comments 24/7.
We encourage you to contact a teacher at any time throughout the year to schedule a "meeting" if you have questions. There is no reason to wait for progress reports or formal semester report cards. Receiving a progress report that is literally obsolete the same day it is submitted (because the grades will change as soon as a teacher enters a new grade) is much less important than regularly reviewing the grades and comments every week with your child.
I hope this offers some explanation of progress reports. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.