ERIC Number: ED425407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jul
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Report Cards: Stepping Away from Tradition.
Whittle, Sharon L.
One of the primary aspects of a reporting system is to maintain consistency between what is taught, what is tested, and what is reported to parents. This paper explores one school district's experience in changing how student progress is reported to parents for the elementary division from kindergarten to grade five. Over the last decade, what was being taught was not reflected on the report card. The change process and the new report design are both presented. A committee was formed which included teachers, parents, and administrators. A time line was established. The committee reviewed relevant literature and examined report cards from other school districts. The first year included the steps of exploration of ideas, developing common themes, a reporting system philosophy and beliefs, and developing skill areas for the progress report. During the second year, an initial design was created, debated, and tested. Parent meetings were held to explain the new format. Many teacher team meetings were used to refine ideas. After the first distribution of the new design, a survey was taken of parents and teachers. Additional revisions were made in the third year; and surveys indicate positive reactions and general satisfaction. (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: China-U.S. Conference on Education. Collected Papers. (Beijing, People's Republic of China, July 9-13, 1997); see CG 028 968.