Developing Standards-Based Report Cards
  • Developing Standards-Based Report Cards
  • Developing Standards-Based Report Cards

Developing Standards-Based Report Cards

by Thomas R. Guskey
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781412940870
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Pages:
239
Sales rank:
150,693
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors vii

1 Getting Started 1

The Difficulty of Change 2

The Need for Change 4

Why Standards Instead of Letter Grades? 6

Guiding Premises 7

Our Purpose 10

Our Organizational Scheme 10

Our Hope 12

2 The Importance of Standards 13

Defining Standards 13

Five Essential Understandings 15

Standards-Based Report Card Development Levels 20

Summary 24

3 Defining the Purpose 25

Purpose Options 26

Leading Discussions About Purpose 28

Key Questions in Defining the Report Card's Purpose 30

Making the Purpose Clear 35

Method Follows Purpose 36

Purpose Determines the Development Process 37

Serving Multiple Purposes Requires a Comprehensive Reporting System 38

Focus on a "Reporting System" 39

Summary 40

4 Developing Reporting Standards 41

Reporting Standards 41

The Development Process 43

Three Types of Learning Goals 50

Conflicts in Reporting on Different Learning Goals 52

Meaningful Solutions to the Conflicts 53

Summary 56

5 Essential Steps in Development: Part I 57

Crucial Questions in the Development Process 57

Summary 115

6 Essential Steps in Development: Part II 117

Additional Crucial Questions in the Development Process 117

Summary 145

7 Special Cases: Secondary Schools, Special Education, and Gifted Education with Lee Ann Jung 147

Standards-Based Reporting in Secondary Schools 148

Standards-Based Reporting for Students With Special Needs 157

Standards-Based Reporting for Students Who Are Gifted or Talented 165

Summary 169

8 Additional Development Issues 171

Always Return to the Purpose 171

Four Qualities of Effective Report Cards 172

Additional Considerations in Creating EffectiveReport Cards 189

Summary 198

9 Beyond the Report Card: Developing a Reporting System 201

The Importance of Purpose 202

The Challenge of Communication 203

Tools for a Comprehensive Reporting System 204

Guidelines for Better Practice 224

Conclusion 227

References 229

Index 237

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