Progress report 

Check with your child’s school to get a preview of his or her grades before Report Card Pickup Day next month.

March 10, 2010

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On Wednesday, March 10, progress reports will be sent home with students. CPS is encouraging all parents to sit down with their child to review his or her progress report. Use the links below to learn more about the CPS progress report and how you can use it to help your child succeed in school.


What is a progress report? Understand the grades Attendance
How to handle a failing grade Improving grades Monitoring progress

Progress report overview

Parents will receive a progress report during the fifth week of every 10-week marking period. Each progress report card is designed to assess how your child is doing at the midway point of the term. Progress report cards are available in five languages including English, Spanish, Polish, Chinese, and Arabic.


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Grading scale

Each progress report lists a grading scale that can be used to gauge your child’s academic performance. The grading scale is as follows:


  • A - Substantially exceeding the standard.
  • B - Exceeding the standard.
  • C - Meeting the standard.
  • D - Less than acceptable performance on the standard.
  • F - Does not meet the standard.
  • / - Indicates an area not to be graded at this time. (Please note: This is not available on high school progress reports.)


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It’s imperative to monitor the number of absences listed on your child’s progress report. As the parent, you should be aware of the number of times your child has been absent from school. Make sure that you have provided written notes to your child’s school for each excused absence.


If your child has an excessive number of absences or absences that you were not aware of, talk to your child about his or her attendance record. After speaking with your child, contact your child’s school to see if there is a possible discrepancy or what can be done to ensure the issue of excessive or unexcused absences does not persist.  Every school day missed is a day that your child could possibly fall behind. If your elementary-aged child has more than nine days of unexcused absences, he or she will have to attend and successfully complete summer school or repeat his or her current grade next year. High school students who miss more than nine days in a class could fail the course.


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Failure notices

A progress report can also serve as a failure notice.


For elementary students, a check in the failure notice box on a progress report indicates that a student is in danger of failing and may need to attend summer school or repeat his or her current grade next year. If this box is checked on your child’s progress report, immediate action is required.


For high school students, if your child received a grade of “F,” he or she is in danger of failing the entire semester. Students who fail are required to make up credits missed either in Saturday School, Evening High School or Summer School.


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Tips to help your child maintain or improve his or her grades

Since the progress report indicates the halfway point, there is still time for your child to improve his or her grades. Here are several tips that, if performed daily, can help your child maintain or improve his or her grades.


 If your child is earning grades of “A,” “B,” or “C,” he or she is currently meeting or exceeding academic standards.


While a grade of “C” indicates that a child is meeting minimum expectations, we recommend that parents begin or continue working with their child to try to raise that grade to an “A” or “B”.


If your child is currently earning grades of ”D” or “F,” he or she is in danger of failing.


Here are a few tips on how you can help your child improve his or her grades:


  • Talk to your child to learn if he or she is having any problems at school.
  • Schedule a conference with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress.
  • Ask the teacher for suggestions on ways to help your child improve in school.
  • Find out if tutoring or after-school programs are available at your child’s school or within your community.
  • Closely monitor your child’s study habits.
  • Sit down with your child every day and inquire about his or her school day (i.e. lessons taught, homework assigned, and/or any problems experienced that school day).
  • Request to see tests and quizzes. Display good grades in prominent places around your home.


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Monitoring your child's progress

It’s up to everyone to help your child have a successful school year. Parents need to be proactive. Make sure that you receive a progress report from your child’s school. If you do not receive a progress report, request one. Your child’s school should be able to provide a written notification of your child’s progress.


You can also monitor your child’s academic progress online 24/7. Our Parent and Student Portal give both you (the parent) and your child the ability to check his or her grades online anytime. For more information our Parent and Student Portal contact your child’s school.


For more information regarding progress reports, please contact your child’s school, the Elementary Areas and Schools at 773-553-2150, or High School Programs at (773) 553-3540.


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