I'm having endless fun trying to organize and scan a lot of old family history. Bless these people for saving some truly wonderful stuff but there is a lot. (It goes back to the early 1800's - I'm somehow allegedly related to Andrew Jackson.)
So I find my mother's and my grandmother's report cards. Very charming and I liked some of what was said to parents (especially the part in bold). From my mother's report card (1930-31):
The parent or guardian is requested to examine this report with care each period. Teachers earnestly desire the improvement of pupils, and will be glad to confer with parents or guardians concerning any point that may be suggested by this report. Patrons are urged at all times to suggest desired improvements in our service. Attention is called to the serious consequences of irregular attendance. Your frequent presence in the school room will encourage teachers and pupils to make our schools better.
Then this quote:
"America's greatest wealth does not consist of forests, mines, shops or factories; the children are worth far more than all these." Arnold D. Tompkins (couldn't find him via Google)
The other report card is from my grandmother on my mom's side and is called The Report Book by James Baldwin (who also created a series of widely used readers). It is dated 1917-1918.
The first page is To the Teacher. I won't put everything in but I liked:
The manner in which these Reports are made will be a good index to the general character of your school.
To the Parents:
As this is intended to be a complete summary of all that pertains to your child's school life this year, it is hoped that you will regard it with more than a mere passing interest, and that you will co-operate with the teacher in securing the best results possible. The value of the Report Book will largely depend upon the interest shown in it by you. Should you at any time discover anything of an unsatisfactory character, through means of these reports or otherwise, it is earnestly desired that you will call upon and consult with the teacher at once. By pursuing this course, misunderstandings will be avoided, and the parties most interested in the welfare of the pupil will mutually assist each other.
Then there are pages for remarks by the teacher, merits/demerits, roll of honor and promotion. Interestingly, there are two pages for promotion because "in some schools promotions occur twice a year; hence these two cards." Maybe people got double-promoted if they were really ahead?
Charming, civil and polite. Again, I'm feeling a little jaded at the end of my last child's K-12 adventure. I do miss the early years of feeling like I was working with my son's teachers and that I could reach out to them without a wall of administrators all around. I know, union rules, fear of litigation but once upon a time, we were all in this education thing together. (But I'm probably romanticizing the good old days because they also used to swat kids.)