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ANet is a nonprofit dedicated to the premise that every child in America deserves an excellent education and the opportunities it provides. We pursue our vision of educational equality in America by helping schools boost student learning with great teaching that is grounded in standards, informed by data, and built on the successful practices of educators around the country.

Sharing data with families

Wouldn’t families benefit from learning about students’ strengths and areas of development, too?

Sharing data with families

Sharing what's behind the data

Data from instructional assessments can give teachers and leaders powerful information that results in better, more targeted teaching and learning. But wouldn’t parents benefit from learning about students strengths and areas of development, too? Garrison Elementary in Washington, D.C. thinks so.

Watch this video of Garrisons school leaders as they talk through their thoughtful approach to sharing assessment data with families through academic passports. 

We know that assessments have different purposesevaluative 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. 

Data without context can send mixed messages to leaders, teachers, students, and families. Always communicate what data does (and does not!) tell us.