Using the Midyear Report Card to Help Your Child


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It’s midyear report card time, which might be a source of stress in your household — but it shouldn’t be. The midyear report card is a perfect opportunity to formulate a plan for the remainder of the school year, taking note of your child’s strengths and identifying any areas to work on. The information you receive in this report card is especially useful because you have time to address any issues and work with the teacher if necessary in the last half of the year.

The following are several suggestions and tips at midyear report card time:

Progress is Key
In the wake of the Common Core State Standards now implemented in many states, your child is measured on his or her progress toward mastery of grade-level standards. That means your child isn’t expected to be proficient in any subject just yet. As you read the report card and talk with your child’s teacher, make sure your child is on the right track. If not, discuss how to help your child get up to speed.

Take Note of Higher-Level Thinking Skills
As education is changing, students are expected more and more to think critically and more deeply about a wide range of topics. Pay attention to your child’s marks in this area, and if needed, talk with the teacher about how you can nurture the acquisition of these higher-level thinking skills.

Inspect the Study Skills
Parents tend to jump straight to the grades and overlook comments or marks on some of the skills that are integral to the learning experience. Read carefully for discussion of your child’s organization, time management, focus, neatness and overall attitude about learning. These skills are an important part of being an effective learner.

Watch the Work Ethic
Effort and persistence are important measures — a decrease in either should be a red flag. A student who tries in school and continues to experience failure may become so frustrated that he or she gives up. Pay attention to whether your child is giving his or her best effort in school. If not, investigate why.

Keep the Big Picture in Mind
It’s easy for parents to get hung up on the specifics of the report card, but as you evaluate your child’s academic picture, don’t forget that every student encounters roadblocks from time to time. If your child is struggling with one subject, or with certain aspects of one subject, don’t panic. Even if your child is having difficulty in several areas, remember that he or she isn’t alone. Many students stumble, but with targeted help and the teacher’s and your support, your child will recover.

Report cards are an excellent tool for parents to gain a detailed understanding of how their child is performing in school, but they’re much more than that, too. At this point in the school year, it’s so important to check in with your child and his or her teacher about how the year is going. If there are trouble spots, the great news is that there’s time to address them before the end of the year. If your child’s report card identifies problem areas, call Huntington at (800) CAN LEARN to learn how we can help your child with a customized program of instruction.


Locally owned and operated by Ashburn resident John Dec, Huntington Learning Center offers one-to-one tutoring, exam prep, and individualized academic skills instruction to help children in Kindergarten through 12th grade succeed in school and beyond! As an accredited learning center, Huntington employs degreed and highly-experienced teachers ready to help your child meet and exceed the demands of academia.Locally owned and operated by Ashburn, VA resident John Dec, Huntington Learning Center offers one-to-one tutoring, exam prep, and individualized academic skills instruction to help children in Kindergarten through 12th grade succeed in school and beyond! As an accredited learning center, Huntington employs degreed and highly-experienced teachers ready to help your child meet and exceed the demands of academia.

Children of all abilities, including those with ADHD, autism, and other special needs will thrive under Huntington’s unique and proven four-step approach. With countless accolades, exceptional programs, and a strong reputation, Huntington is ready to unlock your child’s potential and propel them toward a successful and confident future. Find a Huntington Learning Center near you:

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