After the initial flurry of back-to-school shopping and adjusting to a new routine, families often settle into a comfortable groove. But the first progress report can be a rude awakening. And, while it may be tempting just quickly to scan it and move on, it’s important to take the time to actually read through it and understand what your child is doing well in and where they need improvement. This may include math tutoring or extra study time in the evenings.
For parents of elementary school students, progress reports are essential for monitoring their child’s academic progress. These reports, typically issued twice a year, measure a student’s progress in relation to the standards set by the Ministry of Ontario. In addition to providing information on academic skills like reading and math, progress reports may also include insights into a child’s social and emotional development.
While receiving a progress report can be nerve-wracking for both parents and students, it is important to remember that these documents are meant to serve as a starting point for conversations with your child’s teacher about their progress in school. They aren’t solely reflective of your child’s intelligence or potential but rather their current growth and progress.
Take the time to review the progress report with your child and discuss their strengths and areas for improvement. Then, work together to come up with strategies for continued progress in the future.
Understanding Your Child’s Progress Report
Progress reports are a standard tool used by teachers to communicate a student’s progress in school. However, these reports can be confusing for parents who don’t know how to interpret them. A progress report may include various elements, such as how a child is progressing and comments from the teacher. It is important for parents to take the time to understand what each element means and how it relates to their child’s progress. By doing so, they can be better equipped to support their child’s academic journey. Progress reports can be a helpful tool, but only if parents take the time to understand them.
There are two main versions of the Elementary Progress Report Card:
- Grades 1 to 6
- Grades 7 and 8
Generally, many parents will see a lot of “Progressing Well.” Any child working towards learning goals and showing progression will fit under this umbrella. Since the pandemic has caused gaps in learning over the past few years, teachers have been instructed to make the umbrella even larger. This means that even if children are behind in their education, but are still working toward learning in class, then they are still housed under the umbrella of “Progressing Well.”
If your child has a “Progressing With Difficulty” statement on their report, it means they are not progressing in this subject. Research has shown that math and literacy were the two subjects affected the most by the pandemic. So, many students may be showing signs of falling behind in these two areas. If your child received a “Progressing With Difficulty” comment, it should be addressed immediately so that a plan can be developed to help fill the education gap.
Look At Past Results
Previous progress reports and report cards may show that your child’s issues have re-appeared from last year. It is essential to keep an eye out for repeat problems and address them as soon as possible. Children usually struggle in one specific subject, so going back through their old reports can give you a better idea of any repeated patterns and help you break them.
Parents who are involved in their child’s education may not even need a progress report to know how their child is doing in school. By getting involved and staying in contact with your child’s teacher, you can avoid report card stress and get any educational problems taken care of before they get out of hand. Regular math tutoring is one of the best ways to keep children on track. By working on math each week, children will become more confident and start to understand math operations more efficiently.
An Education Crisis
While some educational interventions were able to help keep children on track in the interim, the overall effect of the pandemic is now being recorded as researchers conduct studies and EQAO test scores come in. So far, studies are showing that the coronavirus pandemic has caused alarmingly high learning losses in math and reading. This loss of education has been felt worldwide and is now reported as the worst education crisis ever recorded.
Many children have been left with difficulty in learning math operations. However, the good news is that kids seem to rebound quickly once they regularly meet with their teachers and classmates. Teachers are doing everything they can to try and identify students and losses, ensuring they’re working with parents to get them back on track.
There is no timeline for how long this catchup will take, but the federal government has provided funding to assist with education by expanding summer programs and offering extra support to students who may need it.
How Dropkick Math Can Help
If your child brought home a progress report that wasn’t all good news, it is important to remember that it is just one snapshot of how a child is doing. They’re not meant to be an exhaustive list of everything wrong. And they shouldn’t be used as a way to compare one child to another. Progress reports are simply one tool that can be used to gauge a child’s progress and identify areas that need attention. So if you receive a less-than-perfect progress report for your child, take it in stride and use it as an opportunity to help your child get back on track.
At Dropkick Math Academy, we understand that the pandemic took a toll on many students and their learning. If your child’s progress report shows some concerning results, it may have been caused by the pandemic. Our programs are designed to help children overcome this loss in learning while boosting their confidence in mathematics. We offer game-based learning that will help your child boost their confidence in mathematics while having fun. Check out our math help services today!