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.
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.
Progress Reports in Kindergarten
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.
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.
I use this particular progress report during our second nine weeks of school to update parents on the progress of their child.
Teacher/Parent Friendly Format
This progress report format allows me to report my records quickly. I add the student name in the rectangle at the top. The check boxes 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 highlighting, its super quick, catches the eye and can speak volumes for me.
I try to add a helpful practice piece on the back of the mini-progress report so that parents can have a tool to work on the skill with their child. In this case - an alphabet chart and sometimes a set of flashcards.
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 write the students name very small next to the highlighted alphabet chart on the front and then digitize myself a copy. I use the "snipping tool" on my computer to make snapshots of that alphabet chart and print them.
Those tiny versions are printed so that I have a card for each child. I use these cards regularly during our guided reading groups to have them practice sounds that are just specific to them.
Think it might work in your classroom? What tips do you have?
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