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Frequently Asked Questions
1.  What are report card practices in the Durham District School Board?
 
In early 2010, the Ministry of Education published a document which outlines very specific requirements for all School Boards in the Province to follow in the areas of assessment, evaluation and reporting. This document is called “Growing Success.”
For more information, you can visit the Ministry link: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/growSuccess.pdf.
 
2.  When will I receive report cards from my child’s school?
 
All elementary students in Grades 1 to 8 will receive an Elementary Progress
Report and two Report Cards during the school year. Click here to see “Important Dates”.
 
3.  What will the Elementary Progress Report tell me?
 
The Progress Report is intended to give the parent/guardian an early indication of how their child is progressing. For each subject which has been taught, teachers will select either one of the following three status boxes: “Progressing With Difficulty”, “Progressing Well” or “Progressing Very Well.” The Progress Report will provide you with information regarding your child’s “Learning Skills and Work Habits.” The Progress Report does not contain letter or numerical grades. The Progress Report contains a section for parent/ guardian comments and it will be returned to the school.
 
4.  What will the February and June Report Cards tell me?
 
The Report Cards will provide information on your child’s progress toward meeting the overall curriculum expectations. The comments will be written in letter grades (Grades 1 to 6) and percentages will be indicated for Grades 7 and 8. These grades will be indicated in each subject area and strand of the curriculum where instruction has been provided. Teacher comments will reflect strengths and next steps for improvement for learning. Like the Progress Report, both Report Cards also contain a section called “Learning Skills and Work Habits.” Both Report Cards contain a section for parent/ guardian comments. This section will be returned to the school.
 
5.  What are the Learning Skills and Work Habits?
 
You will be provided with a record of the learning skills and work habits demonstrated by your child in the following six areas: Responsibility, Organization, Independent Work, Collaboration, Initiative and Self-Regulation. These will be reported on as either Excellent, Good, Satisfactory or Needs Improvement.
 
6.  My child has an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Will it come home with the Reports?
 
The IEP will accompany the Progress Report and Term 1 and Term 2 Report Cards.
 
7.  Will I have an opportunity to meet with my child’s teacher in the fall?
 
Yes. You will receive details from your child’s Principal about conferencing opportunities so that you may discuss your child’s achievement, strengths and learning needs.
 
Further information is available from the Principal of your child's school, or you can visit the Ministry link:
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/policyfunding/Success.html