PTO Meeting Notes about CIA
Notes from Jan. 14, 2014
Topic: Report Card formats
General feelings about formats:
· Families like:
o Details (skills), with ability to skim a short form and look for anything that is not the symbol for work being on level (ie: A’s, S for secure, etc.)
o “Clean” organization; well organized chart, color, not too busy
o Comments section and learning characteristics
· Families dislike:
o Combination of letter grade and standards –too much to look over. One or the other is enough.
o Comments that are too general and not specific to the individual child
Looking at other district examples:
· More detail about what students know or need to practice is valued over a short report.
· 4 levels of proficiency vs 3 gives more information
· Color helps make the card more understandable
· “Knowing what is proficient or advanced, and being able to see that quickly is most important, no matter what that symbol is – A,B C or SE, DE (NOT just “D” – that’s confusing), and BE."
· Keeping learning behaviors out of grades is great