Student progress reports include information regarding each child's understanding of material, current grades, attendance, conduct and attitude. Progress reports are typically issued at the halfway point of a grading period. Some schools distribute them through postal mail, but many are beginning to use electronic distribution methods.
Progress reports offer detailed accounts of classroom performance, including the dates, subjects and titles of assignments, as well as the outcomes of the work, including whether or not it was completed and what grade was received. The reports also cover what homework assignments have been issued, their completion status and grades. Most schools tend to be lenient on homework grades since it is not classroom work, with many issuing marks solely for complete and incomplete versus letter grades.
Student effort is also covered on progress reports. If a student is having trouble in a particular subject but puts forth a concerted effort, it is positively noted. This aspect also covers the attitude component of a progress report. Other areas that contribute to the attitude and conduct areas of a progress report include classroom etiquette and disruptions, treatment of classmates, and voluntary preparedness, while attendance is typically mentioned on a progress report if it is detrimental to the student's performance.