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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.
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"
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