Guest Author - Trina Miller
Every nine weeks, six for some, your child brings home a grading of his/her progress at school. As parents, we are all familiar with the report card. You know, that one thing your child hates more than going to the dentist.
Each term we see the evaluation of our children. Are they paying attention? Are they doing their homework? Are they having trouble in any areas?
It is the school's way of keeping us up to date on our child's strengths and weaknesses.
But what about the teachers? The principal? How do we know they are doing their best to see that our children progress? Who can expect a child to succeed if the school itself is failing? Your child gets a report card, so should the schools.
It's time to reveal a secret that your school probably does not want you to know. Your school is and has always been 'graded'.
Schools have not been required to share their marks with you. Unless you ask specifically for the information, you probably will not see it.
There are a few ways to obtain the records relevant to your state, district, and specific school.
First, you can request the report from your school directly. You may have to make the request more than once depending on whether the school has to summon the records from the district office, or if the request gets forgotten under the daily activities.
Second, you can look up the information online, download and print for yourself. This can be tricky sometimes. Some states have hard to navigate websites.
Third, call your state board and have it sent directly to your mailbox.
Where you get your information depends on what state you live in. I obviously do not have the room here to print them all for you.
If you have any problems finding your state/school information then email me. I am here to help you. I want you to be aware. That is my purpose.
If you email, include the following information:
-your email address
-your city, state, and county
-your school district
-your school, grades
Example (Miller Elementary, 4th and 6th)
-Throw in your schools zipcode, just in case.
(You may also start a new topic in our forum and leave the information there.)
You can also compare schools in your area.
Did you know that if your school does not meet AYP, (In a nutshell this means if your school is not passing or meeting state standards) you have the right to school choice. This means a variety of things, such as choosing a better public school in the area for your child to attend.
You may also be entitled to a Voucher. This is when the government pays for you to send your child to a private school of your choice.
If you want to find out where your school ranks in regards to others in your community, I have the site for you.
On greatschools.net you can compare schools, you can find out how your school scores in math, or reading. You will see the teacher/student ratio, as well as the diversity of children that make up that school.
I have been a registered user of this site for years. If you sign up for their newsletter they send you helpful articles, let you know when scores are in, and a variety of educational material you should not be without.
You can also rate your school and write a review that may help other parents who may be considering enrollment there. Likewise you can also read other parents reviews about schools you may be considering.
(You will not hear me endorse sites, products or books at random. I may suggest a site, product or book. I will even review them. But when I endorse something I feel like I am putting my name directly on it. So I don't want to put my name on anything that I do not believe in. When you see an endorsement from me then you can rest assured that it is remarkable.)
It is important to know whether or not your child is receiving the best education he/she can get. The first step is in knowing more about your school.