Developing Standards-Based Report Cards

Developing Standards-Based Report Cards

By: Jane M. Bailey (editor), Thomas R. Guskey (editor)Paperback

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Although schools have moved toward standards-based curriculum and instruction, grading practices and reporting systems have remained largely unchanged. Helping headteachers gain support for transitioning from traditional to standards-based report cards, this book guides educators in aligning assessment and reporting practices with standards-based education and providing more detailed reports of children's learning and achievement. A standards-based report card breaks down each subject area into specific elements of learning to offer parents and teachers a more thorough description of each child's progress toward proficiency. This accessible volume: - Provides a clear framework for developing standards-based report cards - Shows how to communicate with parents, students, and other stakeholders about changes - Illustrates how to achieve grading consistency without increasing teachers' workloads or violating their professional autonomy Filled with examples of standards-based report cards that can be adapted to a school's needs, this practical resource shows district and school administrators how to establish reporting practices that facilitate learning.

About Author

Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he began his career in education as a middle school teacher, served as an administrator in Chicago Public Schools, and was the first Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national educational research center. He is the author/editor of 18 books and over 200 articles published in prominent research journals as well as Educational Leadership, Kappan, and School Administrator. Dr. Guskey served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America's Future, on the Task Force to develop the National Standards for Staff Development, and recently was named a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association, which also honored him in 2006 for his outstanding contribution relating research to practice. His most recent books include Developing Standards-Based Report Cards (2010), Practical Solutions for Serious Problems in Standards-Based Grading (Ed.) (2009), The Principal as Assessment Leader (Ed.) (2009), The Teacher as Assessment Leader (Ed.) (2009), and Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator (Ed.) (2006). Jane Bailey grew up in Chelsea, Michigan, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at Michigan State University, and embarked on her career in public education teaching English and reading at Petoskey High School in Petoskey, Michigan. She went on to serve as high school principal in Alanson and Harbor Springs, Michigan; as staff development coordinator at the Char-Em Intermediate School District in Charlevoix, Michigan; and as director for curriculum and staff development for the Petoskey Public Schools, from which she retired in 2008. She was a nationally known education consultant, a gifted presenter, and co-author of three books on education. Bailey was admired by many as a role model and served as a mentor to numerous young educators. She was a dedicated wife, a proud mother, and the very best of friends. Her kindness, charm, keen sense of humor, and irrepressible spirit inspired everyone who knew her. She left the world a better place because of her passion for life, her dedication to public education, and her commitment to excellence in teaching.


About the Authors 1. Getting Started The Difficulty of Change The Need for Change Why Standards Instead of Letter Grades? Guiding Premises Our Purpose Our Organizational Scheme Our Hope 2. The Importance of Standards Defining "Standards" Five Essential Understandings Standards-Based Report Card Development Levels Summary 3. Defining the Purpose Purpose Questions Leading Discussions About Purpose Key Questions in Defining the Purpose Making the Purpose Clear Method Follows Purpose Purpose Determines the Development Process Multiple Purposes Means Multiple Reporting Elements Focus on a "Reporting System" Summary 4. Developing Reporting Standards Reporting Standards The Development Process Three Types of Learning Goals Conflicts in Reporting on Different Learning Goals Meaning Solutions to the Conflicts Summary 5. Essential Steps in Development: Part I Crucial Questions in the Development Process Summary 6. Essential Steps in Development: Part II Additional Crucial Questions in the Development Process Summary 7. Developing Reporting Forms Defining the Purpose Selecting the Method Based on the Purpose Effective Reporting Forms Combining Methods of Reporting Format and Graphic Layouts Design Processes Additional Sample Reporting Forms 8. Piloting and Revising Broad-Based Involvement Focus Groups Parent, Teacher, and Student Surveys Test-Driven Reporting Back to the Drawing Board Informing the Community Professional Development Parent Education Programs 9. Beyond the Report Card: Developing a Reporting System The Importance of Purpose The Challenge of Communications Tools for a Comprehensive Reporting System Guidelines for Better Practice Summary References Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781412940870
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9781412940870
  • weight: 28
  • ISBN10: 1412940877

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