Connecting, Collaboration and Communication is NOT just an initiative with 21st Century learning, but also a positive attribute playing out in parent-teacher conferences across the nation. Never has it been more imperative to help support all of us along the new Standard Based instruction and learning. Some of our SchoolCity customers know this too well and are capitalizing on the Report Card module we have available in our product. Making it that much easier to have all features in one area to impact instruction and cut down time.
Many districts are pushing towards a Standards Based Instruction for Report Cards but it is a healthy discussion amongst school teams and staff. Read ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)‘s article below on the Seven Reasons for Standards-Based Grading.
As reported by Kathy Harris, well respected Director in the Oak Grove School District’s Educational Services Division, Oak Grove elementary report cards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and reflects update in our curricula and instructions. Parents will find: students’ progress on a four-point rubric, how students are following the behavioral expectations (PBIS), and programs provided by the school. Teachers indicate that is much easier filling out the report cards using the SchoolCity system than the handwriting report cards in the past. We are most proud of our CCSS Alternative Report Cards for students in special needs.
Veteran third grade teacher in the Oak Grove School District, Stacey Ramos, describes the Standards Based Report Cards as a “communication tool that allows teachers and parents to use the same language when discussing their child’s academics. Although there have been other communicative tools in the past with grades, this allows more cohesive communication with our communities and blends into multiple academia.”We’d love to hear about where your school team is on this topic. Have you switched over to Standard Based Repot cards? Is it in the works or on the table to discuss?