In the early spring of 2012 we began discussions as an ES Faculty about redesigning our progress report. The version we were using at the time had been in use for several years and despite certain strengths we found ourselves constantly analyzing its shortcomings.
While content that our progress reports were aligned to standards, we felt that numeric ratings of performance provided very little specific feedback to families. Moreover, it was difficult to show progress and development over the course of a school year. Needless to say, we were convinced that we could do better and that is the only motivation we ever need as a faculty to make a change.
Over many months we engaged in a process that incorporated research of best practices, teacher-led committees, grade-level focus groups and consultation from Ken O’Connor, a leader in the area of assessment and reporting. Even though we were faced with the reality a child’s development can never be fully captured in a handful of pages, we were able to incorporate key facets represent a significant improvement from previous years. As a result, we look forward to the Progress Reports playing an essential role in communicating with parents about their child’s progress and another avenue to strengthen the invaluable partnership between school and home.
For further information about the Progress Reports, please click on the video below to launch, A Closer Look at the Elementary School Progress Reports. I have created a podcast that provides more information about the key facets of the Progress Report and examples of how they incorporated into the overall design.