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Developing Standards-Based Report Cards
Providing a clear framework, this volume helps school leaders align assessment and reporting practices with standards-based education and develop more detailed reports of children’s learning and progress.
- Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
- ISBN: 9781412940870
- Published By: Corwin
- Year: 2009
- Page Count: 248
- Publication date: November 17, 2009
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"Guskey and Bailey offer realistic solutions to improving how educators communicate a student's academic progress to all stakeholders. Their work provides a faculty with the research, step-by-step guidelines, and reporting templates to begin the dialogue to develop a standards-based report card. Without a doubt, this work is a model for schools that want to improve their system of grading and reporting. It certainly has transformed ours!"
—Jeffrey Erickson, Assistant Principal
Minnetonka High School, MN
Develop standards-based report cards that are meaningful to students, parents, and educators!
Although schools have moved toward standards-based curriculum and instruction, grading practices and reporting systems have remained largely unchanged. Helping school leaders gain support for transitioning from traditional to standards-based report cards, this book guides educators in aligning assessment and reporting practices with standards-based education and providing more detailed reports of children's learning and achievement.
A standards-based report card breaks down each subject area into specific elements of learning to offer parents and educators a more thorough description of each child's progress toward proficiency. This accessible volume:
- Provides a clear framework for developing standards-based report cards
- Shows how to communicate with parents, students, and other stakeholders about changes
- Illustrates how to achieve grading consistency without increasing teachers' workloads or violating their professional autonomy
Filled with examples of standards-based report cards that can be adapted to a school's needs, this practical resource shows district and school administrators how to establish reporting practices that facilitate learning.
- Filled with examples of standards-based report cards for readers to use and adapt
- Full-length treatment of a timely subject
Table of Contents
About the Authors
1. Getting Started
The Difficulty of Change
The Need for Change
Why Standards Instead of Letter Grades?
Our Organizational Scheme
2. The Importance of Standards
Five Essential Understandings
Standards-Based Report Card Development Levels
3. Defining the Purpose
Leading Discussions About Purpose
Key Questions in Defining the Purpose
Making the Purpose Clear
Method Follows Purpose
Purpose Determines the Development Process
Multiple Purposes Means Multiple Reporting Elements
Focus on a "Reporting System"
4. Developing Reporting Standards
The Development Process
Three Types of Learning Goals
Conflicts in Reporting on Different Learning Goals
Meaning Solutions to the Conflicts
5. Essential Steps in Development: Part I
Crucial Questions in the Development Process
6. Essential Steps in Development: Part II
Additional Crucial Questions in the Development Process
7. Developing Reporting Forms
Defining the Purpose
Selecting the Method Based on the Purpose
Effective Reporting Forms
Combining Methods of Reporting
Format and Graphic Layouts
Additional Sample Reporting Forms
8. Piloting and Revising
Parent, Teacher, and Student Surveys
Back to the Drawing Board
Informing the Community
Parent Education Programs
9. Beyond the Report Card: Developing a Reporting System
The Importance of Purpose
The Challenge of Communications
Tools for a Comprehensive Reporting System
Guidelines for Better Practice
"This is a must-read for devoted Guskey-Bailey disciples! This latest addition to their collective wisdom provides clear measures for addressing the unique grading challenges of children with special education needs and children considered gifted or talented in the regular education classroom. Teachers who collaborate on students’ grades will find the recommended practices to be fair, logical, and an excellent way to communicate student learning."Melanie Goffen Horowitz, Principal
Central School, Wilmette, IL
“Guskey and Bailey clearly articulate the need for reform on one of today’s most pressing issues in education: grading and reporting. Throughout the book, they offer realistic solutions to improve how educators communicate a student’s academic progress to all stakeholders. Their work provides the practitioner with the research, step-by-step guidelines, and reporting templates so a faculty is ready to begin the dialogue to develop a standards-based report card. The research has helped us answer the two main questions: 'What goes into a grade?' and 'How do we report it out?' This work, without a doubt, is a model for schools that want to improve their system of grading and reporting. It certainly has transformed ours!”Jeffrey Erickson, Assistant Principal
Minnetonka High School, MN