The issue of report cards and transcripts comes up often. I get many email queries about it…
So, I’d like to share my several step process in developing report cards.
As I see it, the most important step is the first one. The school needs to be very clear about what the grades will mean. This can be either school wide or teacher-by-teacher. In either case, students and parents have a right to know what matters when it comes to grades.
Will they focus on knowledge? skills? effort? attendance? participation? Some of the above? All of the above? In what order of importance? Be very clear about what grades mean. Of course, different teachers can have different standards.
I hope this chart is useful:
HOW TO MAKE A GRADING POLICY:
1. Establish standards that are based on objective criteria or other educational justification.
2. Create clear uncomplicated standards that are fair and easy to understand.
3. Notify everyone! This includes students and parents.
4. Implement consistently. Build in the possibility for flexibility–that is, for making exceptions in rare situations. Have a procedure in place for these.
5. Remember–This is NOT rocket science!
6. Remember–Courts defer to educators who do the above.
7. Keep smiling. Education is where it’s at!
If this chart is useful, let me know!