R.S.A. News & Notes
April 17, 2015
Survey Results. . .
Themes from teachers:
- The new reporting document has positively changed some of the language used in the classroom. More daily learning objectives are aligned directly to the standards being assessed.
- Moving away from letter grades has put more emphasis on consistent feedback from each learning activity.
- Students are adjusting to the new language and many are seeing learning as a process rather than just a product you receive from an assignment.
- The vast majority of teachers like the philosophy behind the move to a standards based system.
- The time associated with learning a new reporting document and data entry into Infinite Campus has been significant.
- There needs to be a continued effort to define meeting versus exceeding.
- The main data entry screen in Infinite Campus needs to be addressed (size of font, headings not locked, etc.).
- There is a concern about the number of families who did not view the Progress Report at the end of the second marking period.
Themes from Parents:
- It continues to be clear to parents that teachers know each child’s strengths and needs.
- Comments are vital to helping parents understand their child’s progress.
- The range for Meeting is too broad.
- There needs to be more opportunities for students to Exceed.
- The amount of information on the document can be overwhelming.
- The vast majority of parents would prefer letter grades.
Spotlight on You:
Titus Elementary . . .
Robin London, along with many teachers across the district, have been implementing the use of Plickers into their daily instruction as a formative assessment tool. With the growing need of specific feedback regarding standards, utilizing and recording data from a variety of formative assessment tools is becoming increasingly more important.
Robin has discovered Plickers as an effective and fun way to collect, analyze, and engage students as they learn. Take a look at the video below and/or click here for more information. Also, please feel free to reach out to Robin with any other questions or comments.
Timeline . . .
- 9:00 AM - Data entry window for 4MP progress report closes.
- 2:00 PM - Teachers & principals will be able to review reports for errors.
- Grades 1 - 6 - Changes must be made through IT.
- Kindergarten - Changes can be made through building secretary.
- 3:00 PM - Kindergarten reports can be printed in building.
- End of the 4th marking period.
- 9:00 AM - Conference Reports (Grades 1 - 6) will be available to parents through the portal.
- Kindergarten reports sent home.
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