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How's My Kid Doing?: A Parent's Guide to Grades, Marks and Report Cards / Edition 1
     

How's My Kid Doing?: A Parent's Guide to Grades, Marks and Report Cards / Edition 1

by Thomas R. Guskey
 

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ISBN-10: 0787967351

ISBN-13: 2900787967351

Pub. Date: 03/27/2003

Publisher: Wiley

You have Just Revieded Your Child's Report Card. It's clear she is excelling at language arts and history and needs help in mathematics. Or is it? How do new standards affect grades? Do plus and minus grades matter? Is a kid in an "honors" class at a disadvantage when grading is on the curve? While parents want clear and explicit information about their child's growth

Overview

You have Just Revieded Your Child's Report Card. It's clear she is excelling at language arts and history and needs help in mathematics. Or is it? How do new standards affect grades? Do plus and minus grades matter? Is a kid in an "honors" class at a disadvantage when grading is on the curve? While parents want clear and explicit information about their child's growth in the classroom, many schools offer progress reports that are vague, inconsistent, and presented in unfamiliar formats. How's My Kid Doing? is a down-to-earth guide for parents of school-age children who are tired of wading through the confusing array of grades, report cards, and test scores. Written by seasoned educator Thomas R. Guskey, this practical resource helps make sense of school reports and contains an overview of the advantages and shortcomings of various methods of reporting. How's My Kid Doing? also includes vital information about what constitutes an effective reporting system.

Throughout the book, Guskey offers strategies for working with teachers -- and children -- to improve the grading system. He recommends that parents lobby for a reporting system that is understandable, instructive, and includes specific suggestions for helping a child who isn't doing well. Guskey also explains how newsletters, web pages, phone calls, open houses, and other school-home interactions can become effective tools for better communications between parents and teachers. Using the information and suggestions outlined in this book, parents and educators can work together to become true partners in guiding a child's journey through the classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900787967351
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/27/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168

Table of Contents

Prefaceviii
1.Getting Started1
What Do We Mean by Grading and Reporting?1
Are Grading and Reporting Essential?3
Why Are Educators Changing Their Grading and Reporting Methods?4
What Are the Purposes of Grading and Reporting?6
Why Should We Develop a Reporting System?8
How Do We Develop a Reporting System?9
How Do We Clarify the Purpose of Each Reporting Tool?11
Summary12
2.Perceptions and Responsibilities13
Parents' Perceptions of Grading and Reporting13
Parents' Perceptions of Teachers16
Teachers' Perceptions of Grading and Reporting17
Sources of Teachers' Grading and Reporting Practices18
Students' Perceptions of Grading and Reporting20
The Points-Driven Academic Economy of Classrooms21
Summary23
3.Challenges for Teachers in Grading and Reporting25
Limiting Subjectivity in Grading25
Balancing Instructional Concerns with Grading Requirements26
Establishing Grading Criteria: Norm-Referenced Versus Criterion-Referenced Criteria27
Clarifying Learning Criteria28
Deciding What Sources of Evidence to Use31
Relating Evidence to Purpose38
Summary39
4.Grading and Reporting Methods41
Letter Grades42
Plus and Minus Letter Grades48
Categorical Grades50
Percentage Grades54
Standards-Based Grading56
Narratives and Comments63
Summary68
5.Special Issues in Grading and Reporting71
Grading on the Curve71
Selecting Valedictorians74
Setting Grade Cutoffs76
Using Weighted Grades81
Dealing with Grade Inflation83
Summary87
6.Developing Better Grading and Reporting Systems89
The Importance of Purpose89
The Challenge of Effective Communication90
Tools for a Comprehensive Reporting System91
Technology and Grading106
Summary111
7.Making Improvements in Grading and Reporting113
Working with Teachers113
Working with Children118
Gradual Change Strategies124
Conclusion126
References127
The Author135
Index137

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