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Rutland Elementary School
The Race to Excellence Has No Finish Line
Mar 05
Communicating Student Learning - A Successful Trial
In 2019-2020, several teachers embarked on a trial to create a report card template that aligns assessment and reporting practices. They introduced the language of acquiring, developing, refining, and mastering. Click here for more information. 

Sharing the Families' Perspective
In the feedback loop of communicating our initial prototype, we sought input from parents asking them two questions about the redesigned report card template. 

1. How has the new format for communicating your child's progress better informed you as a parent about what your child is learning in school? 


​"It specifically identifies the area he's excelling and areas he needs to improve upon rather than receiving a general statement about ways he can improve. It's broken down in a way that's easily understood." 
"I love the new format. Evaluating each curricular competency separately provides a very detailed and information progress report. I now know exactly what areas my child needs support with and I'm happy to help him on his learning journey at home. The redesigned report card allows me to see exactly what my child has been learning in all subject areas. The evaluation criteria and curricular competencies are easy to understand for both parent and child, and allows me to have a discussion with my child about his learning record."
 ​"Providing statements in the sub-categories under each subject gives details about learning objectives, so it is helpful to be able to ascertain where my child is developingrefining, etc. Therefore, we are able to support skill development at home or have conversations with his teacher if needed." 


2. How has the new format for communicating your child's progress helped your child share his or her own learning successes and his or her next steps with you? 
"This new format is great! We can see the areas that we need to work on at home for continued success which is very helpful. Being able to see what my child is mastering is so encouraging for the whole family."
​"While it's fairly new to us parents, we do hear the new vocabulary from him. It's nice to see him so excited about learning and having the appropriate words to share it with us." 
​"The student phrases for the evaluation criteria are simple for them to self assess. I enjoy asking my son when he gets home how he understands what he learns. With math he will say, I can do it on my own. In reading he says, I need some help."

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