Reporting for Kinder-Prep to 6th-Grade
- Common Standards-Based Learning and Reporting practices
- Transparency about what a student needs to know and be able to do
- Clear communication
- High student expectations
Every School--Every Classroom--ALL Our Kids
Standards-based learning and reporting provides clear information to help you and your student understand what is expected and what is needed to improve. Below is an example of the "student-friendly" scale all students use in their classrooms to self-monitor their progress toward mastering a standard.
Example Proficiency Scale
Example of Using Scales to Improve Consistency Amoung Teachers
The grade 3 team has been looking at our reading assessments during our PLC times. First, we look at the questions on our assessment and decide if they are assessing the priority standard we are teaching or a standard we have already taught. Then, we use Hefelbower’s Description of High Quality Items document to look over our questions and make any changes based on the descriptors on that chart. Next, we use our proficiency scales to determine at what level the question is assessing. We put dots next to the question to represent the level of proficiency being assessed. If there are not enough questions at each level for us to get reliable evidence of learning, we add questions as needed. Usually, there is not a question at the level 4, so we add that to our assessment as well. These discussions have been valuable to our team. We refer back to our proficiency scales often and we may have different opinions when we first look at the question, but are able to use the scales to all agree on the level of question.
After students have taken the assessment, we check them individually, but before assigning a score on the proficiency scale, we bring them to the team to discuss how they will be scored. We have had discussions around what to do if they get all of the level 2 questions wrong, but are able to do the level 3 questions. We have also had great discussions around the .5 scores and how using the half scores can help us communicate to the students and parents that they are moving toward that next level of proficiency. These discussions have helped us better understand our priority standards, our proficiency scales, and the students’ learning progression.
How does this work in Infinite Campus?
Parent Standard: The large category or theme for a group of standards.
Child Standard: The priority standard that is taught in the classroom.