Sharing data with families
Wouldn’t families benefit from learning about students’ strengths and areas of development, too?
Data from instructional assessments can give teachers and leaders powerful information that results in better, more targeted teaching and learning. But wouldn’t families benefit from learning about students’ strengths and areas of development, too? Garrison Elementary in Washington, D.C. thinks so.
Watch this video of Garrison’s school leaders as they talk through their thoughtful approach to sharing assessment data with families through academic passports.
We know that assessments have different purposes—evaluative purposes, predictive purposes, and instructional purposes. ANet assessments, for example, serve instructional purposes, as they are designed to diagnose students’ needs and inform future instruction. Any time you share information from assessments with families, it is critical to clarify the purpose of that assessment: What, precisely, is this data telling us about our students? That way, we all have a better understanding of how to use that data.
Download the academic passport from Garrison Elementary, and use it to share assessment data with students and parents. Bringing families into the process of assessment and instruction empowers us all to play a role in supporting our students’ academic achievement.