Assessment in kindergarten is now a regular part of life. Finding ways to fit it in, can be tricky. Finding time to communicate results can prove difficult too.
I regularly am taking notes and commenting to myself using my binders to keep my guided lessons on track, but this is much more personal and directly affects the direction of my teaching the next day.
In a broader sense, I do have to carve out specific times to test one-on-one to ensure I have accurate data with numbers to show growth, have presentable documentation and a format that easily is read by administration.
Here's how I share that information in a parent-friendly format so that parents are up to date, can assist in helping their child and better understand what today's kindergarten is asking of their kinder.
Kindergarten Progress Report: Common Core Standards
I use this particular progress report during our second nine weeks of school to update parents on the progress of their child.
I call each one a "mini progress-report" since they are a specific update on a Common Core standard (or a few related ones) but also provide parents with enough information to be able to work on the skill at home too. I usually send these home in their homework section of their daily folders.
K.L.1.a-3. Print all uppercase and lowercase letters.
This progress report format allows me to report my records quickly. I add the student name in the rectangle at the top. The checkboxes give me a fast way of communicating a mastery level of the Common Core standard(s).
The additional section(s) give me a fast way of pinpointing areas to grow for both parents and students to see visually.
I find that by jotting down only what letters are needed that it is super quick, catches the eye and can speak volumes for me.
I try to add a helpful practice piece on the back of the handwriting mini-progress report so that parents can have a tool to work on the skill with their child.
I also created this to reflect data collected from our Common Core Reading and Math Data and Tracking Assessments.
Using Data in Groups
I personally scan these and email them to myself using our photocopier. I like having them on file too since I send them home.
Here is one more tip I use with this particular progress report before I send it home. I use them for keeping a list for each student.
I use these lists on cards regularly during our guided reading groups to have them practice forming letters that are just specific to them.
Think it might work in your classroom? What tips do you have for tracking handwriting skills?
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