At the beginning of a school year, it is impossible to know whether your child will struggle or thrive in school. While you can prepare him for what is to come and focus on buying the best supplies and getting ready for an awesome school year, you cannot foresee what his test scores will be or how well he will be able to integrate new information in each of his classes. Instead of waiting until the end of the school year to evaluate success, mid-year evaluations can show parents, teachers, and students what is going well and what could be done differently for increased success.
Children in earlier grades may need a different focus when it comes to mid-year evaluations. In particular, parents should focus on those classes that serve as foundational building blocks for the future, including reading, writing, and arithmetic. Reading and writing are both important for communication, and arithmetic builds vital reasoning skills.
However, it is not just classroom learning skills that must be evaluated at this time but also important interpersonal and emotional skills that form the basis for a well-balanced childhood. Teachers should be sending home evaluations that look at such important skills and qualities as following directions, being respectful of others, having a good attitude, staying on task, and demonstrating self-control. Any concerns in these areas should be covered at a mid-year evaluation.