Thinking about school reports – assessment, recording and reporting

Published: 21 Jan 2016 By: Mr K Winstanley

Report example

If you ask any Castle Rushen High School parent if they want to know about their child’s progress at school, they will of course say yes. However, while some school reports are valuable and informative for parents and students, others can be a bit of a mystery. I’m happy to say that the example shown above isn’t one of ours as it appears to be a little ‘inconsistent’.

School reports fall into two broad categories: formative or ongoing reports of students’ classwork progress, and summative reports, which outline success at the end of a unit or assessment task. Here at Castle Rushen we have a well-established system of sending out a minimum of 2 reports for each student each school year. These comprise of a full written report which has both formative and summative elements, and an interim or ‘snapshot’ report which contains only formative data.

More and more research is demonstrating:

“feedback to students is one of the most effective strategies for promoting further learning. To be most effective, feedback must be timely, must be in a form that encourages effort and that allows learners to see the progress they are making. Feedback must identify clear actions that individuals can take to make further learning progress”

We must constantly remind ourselves that it is the daily classroom teaching and learning activities that students participate in that facilitates achievement – not the testing.

Reporting picture

Bearing this in mind I would like to get parental views on our reporting arrangements, in particular focussing on how useful are current reports are and do parents want or need additional information?

If you have a few spare moments please complete the online survey linked below:

Click here for Survey

The first few questions explore another development areas for us; e-safety. Thanks in advance to those of you who find time to respond.

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