I am lucky to work in a district that believes in using rubrics and standards based reporting. We are given a pacing calendar of everything that must be taught in a quarter. However, not everything has to be formally reported on the report card. In grades k-3 we score on scale of 1 (limited progress), 2 ( making some progress) or a 3 (mastery). Teachers are given a rubric that describes exactly (for the most part) what is a 3 in each area. For example, exactly what is a 3 in addition and subtraction. It is a blessing.
I have taken the rubric and turned it into a Daily Math Page (creative name, I know!!). I look at the rubric and divided a page into the same amount of text boxes. Each text box is an area on the report card. Students get a packet for the week and complete one page each independent period (usually 3-4 times per week). The last page of the packet is a copy of the report card rubric. I grade each text box with a 1,2, or 3 (since each text box is a different area in math) and then score the rubric at the end.
Here is an example of the page:
While I do record the grades to show progress I will NOT average the scores together for the report card at the end of the nine weeks. Our district believes (as I do) in reporting what the child is able to do at the END of the grading period rather than averaging scores. Averaging scores punishes the child that might take a bit longer to master a skill but still mastered it at the end of the grading period. I am recording more to note if students do or do not retain skills. THAT is always enlightening!
Granted, I have only done this system for a week but I already love it! It shows VERY clearly for parents the child's weaknesses in math- more so than random worksheets with each worksheet being a different topic. Parents can really see the big picture.
I will say that many of the skills we teach are recycled so it is easy to do this. Whatcha think?
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