Nine-year-old Kelly Cross nervously awaited her report card from Scottsdale’s Zuni Elementary School.
This one would be a milestone for the fourth-grader: Her first report card with letter grades.
"There’s a little bit of anticipation," her mother, Kim Cross, said last week — about the same time that thousands of other East Valley students also received their first report cards of the 2003-04 school year.
Kelly discovered she not only earned good grades, but also a place on the school honor roll. She also became part of a universal experience:
Everybody —kids, moms, dads, grandparents — has received, or will someday earn, a school report card.
With the new emphasis on academic standards, report cards in many schools have a different look and much more detail.
But for parents, some aspects of the report card experience remain the same.
"Just the fact of seeing their faces when your children show their report cards to you," said Gilbert mother Trish Ross, whose sons, Scott, 8, and Christian, 11, attend Carol Rae Ranch Elementary School. "It’s ‘Look at this, mom! Look at this, dad!’ It’s a rite of passage."
Today, the Tribune’s education team takes a special look at report cards in School Matters.