Developing Standards-Based Report Cards

ISBN-10: 1412940877
ISBN-13: 9781412940870
Edition: 2010
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List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 11/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Develop standards-aligned report cards that are meaningful to students, parents, and educators! In reader-friendly terms, this book shows how to create authentic reporting systems that connect assessment to content and performance standards. Filled with examples of standards-based, adaptable formats, this practical resource shows administrators how to avoid potential pitfalls while establishing reporting guidelines that facilitate learning and provide: Clear and unambiguous information about students' performance to parents, students, and others Grading consistency that does not increase teachers' workloads or violate their academic freedom Alignment with current reforms in teaching and learning

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
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
The Importance of Standards
Defining "Standards"
Five Essential Understandings
Standards-Based Report Card Development Levels
Summary
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
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
Essential Steps in Development: Part I
Crucial Questions in the Development Process
Summary
Essential Steps in Development: Part II
Additional Crucial Questions in the Development Process
Summary
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
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
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

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