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Dear Ken,

I wonder if you have any materials that would help facilitate the work of a committee to design/re-deisgn report cards. What are the key questions? What processes have been effective in facilitating these discussions? What materials could the committee use to help move the work? Other considerations? Many thanks for any wisdom you can share!

2011-05-26
Mary
 

The
Grade
Doctor
says:

Mary,
A good answer to your questions would require a small book so I will just post my
guidelines for reporting. I hope they help.

Guidelines for Standards – based Expanded Format Report Cards
1. Part of an overall communication system that includes formal and informal
opportunities to communicate student achievement, progress and behaviors
(postcards, phone calls, conferences, etc.)
2. Focus on primary purpose – communication about achievement of specific
standards.
3. Separate achievement from behavior/work ethic/habits of mind.
4. De-emphasize overall subject grades; emphasize achievement of specific
standards/benchmarks.
5. Clearly describe the performance standards appropriate for each characteristic
(achievement of standards, progress, work habits, etc.)
6. Distinguish clearly between achievement, growth, and progress.
7. Understandable by students and parents:
- language readily understood;
- format and design that enhances comprehension ( one page, two sides, ‘clean’).
8. Easy for teachers to use:
a. electronic template with pop-up menus
b. easy to duplicate (8.5x11 or 11x14)
c. flexible enough to meet diverse needs;
d. readily available, preferably cross platform software.
9. Frequent enough to provide timely information but not so frequent that reporting
overburdens teachers – not more than 3 times per year
10. Information on lates/tardies and absences for school and each class.
11. Opportunities for parents, students, and teachers to be involved:
- comments focused on strengths and areas for improvement;
- student self assessment/reflection;
- parental action and responses; and
- next steps for parents, teachers, and students

 

 

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