Developing Standards-Based Report Cards

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Overview

Develop standards-based report cards that are meaningful to students, parents, and educators!

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 progress. 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
  • Includes examples of standards-based report cards that can be adapted to a school’s needs

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Editorial Reviews

Melanie Goffen Horowitz
"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. "
Jeffrey Erickson
“Guskey and Baileyclearly 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!”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412940870
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Pages: 239
  • Sales rank: 142,853
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he began his career in education as a middle school teacher, served as an administrator in Chicago Public Schools, and was the first Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national educational research center. He is the author/editor of 18 books and over 200 articles published in prominent research journals as well as Educational Leadership, Kappan, and School Administrator. Dr. Guskey served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, on the Task Force to develop the National Standards for Staff Development, and recently was named a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association, which also honored him in 2006 for his outstanding contribution relating research to practice. His most recent books include Developing Standards-Based Report Cards (2010), Practical Solutions for Serious Problems in Standards-Based Grading (Ed.) (2009), The Principal as Assessment Leader (Ed.) (2009), The Teacher as Assessment Leader (Ed.) (2009), and Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator (Ed.) (2006).

Jane Bailey grew up in Chelsea, Michigan, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Michigan State University, and embarked on her career in public education teaching English and reading at Petoskey High School in Petoskey, Michigan. She went on to serve as high school principal in Alanson and Harbor Springs, Michigan; as staff development coordinator at the Char-Em Intermediate School District in Charlevoix, Michigan; and as director for curriculum and staff development for the Petoskey Public Schools, from which she retired in 2008. She was a nationally known education consultant, a gifted presenter, and co-author of three books on education. Bailey was admired by many as a role model and served as a mentor to numerous young educators. She was a dedicated wife, a proud mother, and the very best of friends. Her kindness, charm, keen sense of humor, and irrepressible spirit inspired everyone who knew her. She left the world a better place because of her passion for life, her dedication to public education, and her commitment to excellence in teaching.


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Table of Contents

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

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