Expert Advice: School Involvement Beyond Report Card Keeps Parents Informed

Author: Brooke Lewis

The back-to-school season has come and gone, tests have been written, and homework has been handed in. Just as students and parents settle into the school groove, report cards arrive.

Parents don’t have to wait for the first report card to find out how their child is doing in school. In fact, report cards should be only one part of the cycle of parent involvement.

Often, the reason report cards can be so stressful is that it is the first time parents get any sort of feedback on how their child is progressing. By relying solely on the report card for school information, parents might set themselves up for unpleasant surprises.

Luckily there are plenty of ways that parents can get involved in their children’s education, and most of them are pretty simple.

The more involved a parent is, the less likely it is that they’ll get unpleasant surprises.

Quick Tips to Get Involved in your Child’s Education

  1. Take five minutes to say hello to the teacher and to ask how your child is doing in math/reading/spelling/listening, etc.
  2. Send a note to school with your child to schedule a phone chat with the teacher. Don’t wait for the teacher to call you to report bad news or slow classroom progress.
  3. Follow up when a test is returned to your child. How did it go? Were the results what you were expecting?
  4. Go online. The Internet is a wonderful tool to keep informed. If your child’s class has a web page, log on and get involved.
  5. Get help. If there are any issues, you can seek help as soon as you learn of it rather than waiting to find out on the report card.
  6. Remember to keep it in context. The first report card of the school year is like a check-up on how your child is adjusting to the new school year.
  7. Look to the past. Last year’s school performance can be a big indicator of potential problems this year. Correct issues early and avoid repeats.

Founded in 1984, Oxford Learning uses innovative approaches to learning that have helped thousands of students to reach their educational goals. Customized programs based on the science of cognitive development help children to develop the skills that they need to succeed in school while they develop the confidence that they need to succeed in life.

Do you have questions about your child’s early report card, or how you can help them improve in areas of difficulty? Get answers! Contact Brooke Lewis or Alex Moore at Oxford Learning Kingston.

Brooke Lewis, Centre Director


Oxford Learning Kingston

793 Blackburn Mews


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