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Monitoring Academic Progress

From the Academic Office

Parents often ask, “How often should I check my child’s grades?”  Bishop Kenny offers online access to grades via RenWeb for both parents and students.  This provides a window into your child’s academic progress as he/she moves through each marking period.  We recommend that students check grades once per week and parents check grades two to three times per quarter.

Why not check grades more often?

If you find that your child needs a little more support or needs to be held more accountable for missing work, it may be a good idea to check grades more frequently.  However, for most students, checking grades at the midpoint of the quarter, or progress check day, and again within two weeks of the end of the quarter should be sufficient to give you an adequate assessment of your child’s achievement in each course.

A word of caution for students and parents: Don’t check grades too often.  As teachers grade work and enter assessment scores, grades can shift from day to day.  Students who check grades too frequently may become obsessed solely with numerical grades; this obsession may cause them to lose sight of the true purpose of their education - learning.

Article Recommendation: I have easy access to my teen’s grades.  But should I? (2016)

Remember that grades serve as indicators of student learning.  When checking grades online, we recommend the following:

  • Is the overall grade a true reflection of student progress?  In the early weeks of a new quarter, not all grading categories may be used which means that the overall grade in a course does not tell the full story. This is the reason we recommend giving teachers time to enter substantial grades and for giving students adequate time to make necessary adjustments.

  • Is my child submitting work?  Missed assignments not only negatively affect a homework/classwork grade in a course but often result in lower test and quiz scores since they miss the opportunity for important practice and review.

  • How should my child respond to a poor grade?  Learning from mistakes is an important piece of the maturing process.  If your child earns a low grade on an assessment, we recommend that you shift the focus to what he or she has learned from these results, not the numerical score itself. Ask your child the following questions:
    • How well did you prepare for that test / quiz / project?
    • What is one way that you can change your preparation or study method?
    • Have you reviewed your results?  If a test or quiz, did you review the questions missed?  What did you learn from that? Did you struggle with the content or the types of questions asked?
    • Have you seen your teacher for extra help?  Remember, the first line of communication is between the teacher and the student.