ERIC Number: ED405945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Parent Opinions about Student Evaluations in Elementary Schools.
Greene, Jacquetta L.
A study was conducted to determine what methods of student evaluation parents felt were most effective in helping them assist in their child's efforts to develop skills and understand their child's performance in school. A survey was conducted among 168 parents in central Virginia, including parents of kindergarten through fourth grade students in a city school and parents of students in three second/third grade classes in a rural school. A total of 100 fourth graders and second/third graders were also surveyed. The schools studied used different approaches to evaluation. One used a combined developmental checklist and narrative report for kindergarten and first grade, and letter grades for second through fourth grades. In the other school, written communications with parents about their child's performance and conferences were used in kindergarten through third grade, while grades were assigned in fourth and fifth grades, with conferences also available. It was found that most parents thought conferences were the most informative kind of evaluation in terms of helping them help their children. Developmental checklists were the second choice of parents of kindergarten and first grade students, while letter grades and conferences were the first choices of fourth graders' parents. A total of 42% of the parents felt that grades should be based on academic achievement and behavior. The percentage of parents who felt that they knew how to help their children after reading their reports increased with the children's grade level. Students chose conferences as the most informative kind of reporting. Thirty-one figures and the survey instruments are appended. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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