Day 121 (of 185) multiple choice report cards

Day 121 (of 185) multiple choice report cards

Today I have spent a lot of time talking and thinking about report cards. In part because our district is hosting a symposium on Reporting and Assessment this week where we are sharing different report cards. I make it very clear that my bias is towards eportfolios to document artifacts of learning, and my aha moment came a couple summers ago: https://technolandy.wordpress.com/2014/08/25/sol-9-i-learned-i-dont-want-a-faster-horse/

The fun part is the want by some to find “the way” to communicate learning. I am not a believer in “one size fits all” which is why I like eportfolios – they can be personalized and even allow a variety of “summation summaries” throughout the year….because unlike the traditional way of sending home 3 report cards over the year and 2+ “contacts” with parents, eportfolios are ongoing, live documents. When learning is “finished” it can be posted and shared…..not revealed 6 weeks later. And if something improves, the change can be made right away.

All that aside, different teachers are on different levels of readiness to move away from the old fashioned report card (which compared people to doing the same task….whereas schooling and learning should be differentiated to enable learners to share what they learned in a variety of mediums. Different research and readings can also influence the process….and I like to share that one of the articles in my dads journal when he was working on his masters was “the fallacy of grading” ( throwback Tuesday: https://technolandy.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/day-126-of-188-a-throwback-thursday-from-my-dads-journal-grades/ )

As such, when asked to share the formats our school uses to communicate student learning, I enjoyed being able to submit 7 different “report cards’…..for 5 divisions. A mix of ‘traditional reports’ and some ways to share via eportfolio….along with a ‘heritage report’ that was a pre-portfolio creation and a couple of samples from other districts. Whew. 

So…here’s the game. Below is a sharing of methodologies – pick the ‘best’ answer (yes, this means there is more than one right answer….and the ‘best’ answer is very situational…..you know, the way “all multiple choice tests” should be….?)

Choose the best report card format quiz……multiple choice of course (because two wrongs may make a difference?)

A) kindy teacher created 

B) previous school used as part of efolio communication

C) reportwriter 

D) self assessment as part of efolio

E) webwriter

F) old template

G) year end summary on efolio

H) sample from another district

I) sample from another district 
It can be said that the too, is only as good as the user(s)…….and I know I have my biases for communicating learning, but….if after 125 years we are still trying to find “the ideal report card” maybe we should start looking for something different…?
Looking forward to looking at this topic further later this week!

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About technolandy

Principal of Sorrento Elementary Educator pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Piloting ePortfolios
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