In reply to your question for more info on effort score for report cards…to determine Effort score, the following are considered:
Neatness of work, Asking for help at the right times, persevering in difficult tasks, following directions in assignments, trying to do own work, showing good organization (in notebook, on papers, assignment book, etc), attentiveness and participation in class, completing work on time.
A separate effort score is determined for each subject.
To determine Conduct score, the following are considered…
Cooperation; respect for classmates, teachers and others; following rules; using time properly; being quite/speaking up at the right times; encouraging and influencing others toward the good; showing interest; carrying responsibilities willingly; exercising self-control; accepting correction; practicing good stewardship of property; demonstrating good personal attitudes and habits.
The Academic score is based on…
Mastery of skills and knowledge studied, as determined by evaluating homework, quizzes, compositions and tests.
For grades 1-8; each of these scores is entered on the report card in a four-column section beside the subjects. The fourth column is labeled “Grade” and is based 1/4 upon conduct; 1/4 upon effort; 1/2 upon academic. But the academic score is not shifted more than one letter grade up or down due to effort/conduct, in determining Grade.
For grades 9-12; conduct is shown alone at the bottom of the card, leaving a 3-column place for each subject for each quarter. Effort counts 1/4; academics 3/4 toward “Grade.” Anyone looking at report card can pick out what he wants to focus on–the conduct, the effort, or the academics. But the “Grade” shows how we look at things overall.
High school transcripts also provide this info. Any receiving institution can see the Academic score and make their own conclusions based upon the academic if that is what they care primarily about. But showing the effort and conduct also reveals to them what we care about.