Report Madness

This post on reports in Andrew Churches blog prompted some of my own reflection. I agree with many of Andrew’s sentiments, our current reporting process is neither timely, nor necessary. We place ourselves under so much pressure and spend so much time on something which has little impact on learning. Direct intervention is what is needed when difficulties are arising.

And yes a portal where parents can view assessment data when they want would be useful, but it only tells a fraction of the story.

I’m not so enamored with Andrew’s ideas of teachers entering weekly learning summaries. Again this places the burden on the teachers when they already have enough to do. Imagine doing that for five classes of 25-30?

In this situation we need to enable the learners and the rise of the ePortfolio is surely part of the solutions. Students detailing their learning journey over the course of year with supporting evidence will provide everyone with rich information on what is really happening. The teacher can then comment and interact with the student when they are able.

The only issue with this is that an ePortfolio should only be made open when a student is comfortable in doing so.


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