“Our school grappled with grade politics . . . . . . . .and lost .” -Anonymous.
“I learned . . . that there are reasons, historical reasons why grading exists. But I also learned from history that there are no good reasons, no sound educational ones, why they should continue to exist.” -Anonymous
“Grades are not inherently bad. It is their misuseand misinterpretation that is bad.”-Guskey (1993)
Our Reporting System: Does It Make the Grade?
Becky Brandl & Mitzi Hoback
Work Habits and Neatness
Punctuality of Assignments
Class Behavior or Attitude
Major Exams or Compositions
Reports or Projects
Students’ Notebooks or Journals
Exhibits of Students’ Work
In the elementary grades…
In middle and high school…
College admissions office
Scholarship decision makers
If all of these are factored into a grade all with different weights, how can we expect the readerto factor all of those things out and understand what we meant?
If you think it’s possible, you are living in a dream world.-Stiggins
Examine Sample Report Cards
Chart Strengths and Weaknesses
Building an Effective Communication Timeline
What is your district currently doing to encourage effective communication?
Brainstorm additional ways to increase communication between home and school.
Newsletters to Parents/Patrons
Personal Letters to Parents
Notes Attached to Report Cards
Standardized Assessment Reports
Phone Calls to Parents
Presentations for Community Groups
Evaluated Projects or Assignments
Portfolios or Exhibits of Students’ Work
School Web Pages
Student Involved Conferences
Electronic Reporting Systems
Electronic PortfoliosNot Just an Electronic File Cabinet
Report Card Grades
“Depend on so much . . .
So much depends on them!”