Lecanto High School is moving into the third quarter and students have yet to receive report cards from the second quarter. There has been much speculation over why they are being delayed – whether it is the new Skyward system holding them back like last time, or whether it is the End of Course [EOC] exam results.
Algebra teacher Jennifer Loiero shed some light onto the situation.
“They’ve been delayed because the county is trying to calculate and bring together all of the EOC testing results taken back in December,” Loiero said.
Some students feel that the delay is beneficial.
“I love it,” sophomore Matthew Barber said. “It is saving me from being grounded.”
Others feel that the delay is a hinderance and would like to receive their report cards to see things that they cannot on Skyward.
“I think it’s a bummer. I really want to brag on my grades that I tried so very hard on,” sophomore Kalynn Emery said.
“I think they need to speed up the process,” freshman Haley Giaris said. “Skyward is useful for me to stay updated in my classes, but I depend on my report cards for my grades and grade point average.”
Teachers know that students would prefer an official copy of their grades and find the whole situation irritating.
“It is very frustrating,” Loiero said. “Even though students and parents have access to Skyward, they still want the official paper with the grades.”
There was a phone call sent to the households of LHS students to inform parents of the delay.
“This call saved my butt, because last time the report cards weren’t given out, I was grounded because my parents thought I was hiding my grades,” Emery said.
The technology group is working hard to incorporate the EOC results in the report cards.
“They hope to be finished [inserting the scores] this week and [we will have] at least one trial run to look for errors,” assistant Principal Shawyn Newman said.
Newman is planning on handing out report cards to the students Jan. 31, 2013.
“I’m hoping this allows time for errors to be corrected,” Newman said. “Please note that this delay is a good thing and will accurately reflect what a student earned on the EOC.”