Wednesday, January 16, 2013

R is for... Report Cards

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It is nearly the end of the first semester, which means that once again it's time for me to produce report cards for my kids.  It's interesting to me that they like to get report cards.  I'm not sure why, but it seems they consider this a good thing.  Admittedly, they've never received a failing grade, and their parents know how they are doing in school, so it's not like there will be an unpleasant surprise to anyone!

Our state doesn't require any standardized testing, nor is there a specific state requirement regarding how we issue grades or report cards.  The umbrella group that we operate under does expect parents to submit grades for our internal record-keeping. Sometimes when I've spoken or written about it being report card time, homeschoolers from other states react as if it's an onerous requirement on us and 'how dare the state impose that on you'.  But in reality, it's something that I've chosen to do each quarter, and the grades are never even reported to the state.  So don't feel sorry for us! LOL

I use the Homeschool Tracker for record-keeping, so as long as I keep up-to-date with entering the assignments and grades into the program, producing grade reports is easy! The problem, of course, is that I don't always stay up-to-date!  Then I wind up playing the catch-up game, like I am this week.  Oops.

So that's the reason my blog is quiet this week.  Last week it was because I wasn't feeling well.   And before that it was because we were busy with so many holiday activities for weeks.

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Stefanie said...

I've been trying to stay on top of that too. I've managed to survive this week. lol

Tess said...

I love love love love HST +. I spent the afternoon today working on some lesson plans. I don't do report cards but just this past December I did the whole high school transcript thing with my oldest. I am NOT going to procratinate with the other kiddos like I did with number 1.

Kym Thorpe said...

Tess ~ that's what I said too! LOL But seriously, I am doing a lot better staying on top of grading than I used to.

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