A report card refers to the final document that contains an assessment of the student’s academic performance and behaviors. A report card, also called a progress report, is periodically sent to parents or guardians. It contains comments on how the students can improve and as mentioned, the performance matrics.
Report cards generally contain grading of the subjects obtained by a student, comments about the behaviour and performance in class, and an attendance record.
For parents, the report card is often considered an opinion of the school or teachers about their children.
There are two types of grading scale on a report card — GPA (Grade Point Average) and percentage. GPA is a standard calculation of a student’s average grades, and it is calculated by dividing the total points achieved by students in academics by the total number of classes. In the traditional method, GPA is assigned a number from 0 to 4, called an unweighted GPA. While in weighted GPA, the number scale is replaced by letter grades A-F, where A indicates excellent, B as good, C is average, D is poor, and F as fail. GPA scale carries from school to school and country to country. Some countries like India have a percentage grading system in schools.