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Parent, teacher feedback leads to Elementary Progress Report improvements

CASTLE ROCK – When the Elementary Progress Report (EPR) is sent to families later this spring, parents should notice significant improvements inspired by their feedback.

A parent survey embedded in the redesigned EPR, which was distributed to parents at the end of the first semester in December, provided families with an opportunity to give the District honest feedback about the tool – and they did just that. The EPR Task Force says some big themes emerged as they reviewed all the survey data, as well as comments from elementary teachers and principals.

Parents wanted more comments from teachers about their child’s progress, as well as more detailed information about whether their student is meeting or exceeding Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) for skills within the core elementary subjects of reading, writing and math. Additionally, parents wanted more information about World Class Outcomes and the grading scale.

Meanwhile, teachers wanted a voice in the process of creating their school’s template, as well as additional time to master the tool and to enter their data.

The EPR Task Force made a number of recommendations and the District’s development resources got right to work. Many of the improvements will be available when the next iteration of the EPR is released to families at the end of the spring semester:

Planned Spring EPR Release Dates
Conventional: May 26
Modified: June 3
Split-Modified: June 6.

The following are technical enhancements the team is working on:


  • Improved stability/load handling of tool
  • Improved PDF access/handling for families and schools
  • Creation of ongoing support for parent/guardian access issues
  • Improved school-level access to students who are no longer enrolled

Under Development

  • For Parents:
    • Ability to get EPR when student transitions from one school to another (via school registrar)
  • For Teachers:
    • Improved ability for receiving school to access past EPRs for planning/support
    • Improved roster-view for teachers to display dynamic progress on EPR completion (e.g. ratings and comments) and to allow rapidly moving between individual students’ EPR detail view
    • Ability for teachers to group students based on individualized needs

Will be Completed by Release

  • For Parents
    • Condense PDF version. Same information, just more densely populated to reduce number of pages.
    • Add Colorado Department of Education Standards documentation to provide parents contextual understanding
    • Add contextual help for the grading scale
    • Add a highlights page as the first tab of the EPR
  • For Teachers:
    • Add the ability to enter the same comment for multiple students
    • Add the GLE language with the ability for schools to choose/select GLEs for Reading, Writing and Math. If a school chooses a GLE, the GLE will be rated and the overall standard will not receive a rating.
    • Add the ability for a teacher to provide DRA/MAPS data for literacy
    • Create flexibility in the template so that each school can order the GVC components according to the preference of their school communities. (Ex. content can be moved to the top)
    • Create highlights tab for EPR; give Teachers/Principals ability to determine the Standards/GLEs for Reading, Writing and Math that will appear in the highlights.
  • Recommended for 16-17 School Year
    • Add/Improve contextual help for World Class Outcomes
    • Provide professionally translated EPR for non-English speakers

Douglas County School District believes in continuous improvement. Once again, parents will have the opportunity to provide feedback via a survey embedded in the EPR this spring.

April 7, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category: Elementary Education

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