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Developing Standards-Based Report Cards



© 2010 | 248 pages | Corwin

"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.

 
About the Authors
 
1. Getting Started
The Difficulty of Change  
The Need for Change  
Why Standards Instead of Letter Grades?  
Guiding Premises  
Our Purpose  
Our Organizational Scheme  
Our Hope  
 
2. The Importance of Standards
Defining "Standards"  
Five Essential Understandings  
Standards-Based Report Card Development Levels  
Summary  
 
3. Defining the Purpose
Purpose Questions  
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"  
Summary  
 
4. Developing Reporting Standards
Reporting Standards  
The Development Process  
Three Types of Learning Goals  
Conflicts in Reporting on Different Learning Goals  
Meaning Solutions to the Conflicts  
Summary  
 
5. Essential Steps in Development: Part I
Crucial Questions in the Development Process  
Summary  
 
6. Essential Steps in Development: Part II
Additional Crucial Questions in the Development Process  
Summary  
 
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  
Design Processes  
Additional Sample Reporting Forms  
 
8. Piloting and Revising
Broad-Based Involvement  
Focus Groups  
Parent, Teacher, and Student Surveys  
Test-Driven Reporting  
Back to the Drawing Board  
Informing the Community  
Professional Development  
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  
Summary  
 
References
 
Index

"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
Key features
  • Filled with examples of standards-based report cards for readers to use and adapt
  • Full-length treatment of a timely subject

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