To assess progress, teachers accumulate and review student work on an ongoing basis using a wide variety of instruments including presentations, conferences, observations, student reflections, running records, interviews, and written assessments. In addition, SEAA teachers write a detailed progress report for parent/guardians at the end of each quarter. This report tracks student progress and includes a narrative assessment characterizing the student’s social adjustment and overall development as a learner.
There is significant agreement among educational researchers that report cards with simple letter grades do not foster, nor even accurately reflect, student learning. In fact, there is evidence that bad grades can contribute to a cycle of defeat in elementary-school-aged children. Young children don’t always have a firm grasp on concepts of cause and effect or the meaning of letter grades, much less the ability to grasp how grades are calculated. Therefore, teachers at SEAA use a detailed process to give parents/guardians a more accurate understanding of their student’s progress. A few weeks after the end of each semester, parent/guardians will receive this detailed assessment. These reports track the student’s developmental progress on a wide variety of capabilities. They also include a narrative assessment characterizing the student’s social adjustment and overall development as a learner. At any time during the semester, if a teacher or a parent/guardian has a concern about a student’s progress at school, either party may initiate a conference to address the issue.
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