New Elementary Progress Report aims to support personalized learning
CASTLE ROCK – At Douglas County School District (DCSD), we know that every one of our students is unique with different interests, strengths, and goals. They learn in their own ways and at their own pace. For that reason we are committed to not only personalizing learning to meet their specific needs, but also to providing information needed so that families can support and encourage continued growth.
That is why DCSD is working to rebuild the Elementary Progress Report (EPR).
“Parents are our partners,” said Carrie Stephenson, a DCSD director of elementary schools. “In order for us to all support the child in their academic career, we have to be working from similar information. This new tool will help us do that.”
In addition to providing the same information parents are accustomed to about academic content - such as progress on reading, writing and math skills - the new EPR will provide parents with information about how students are doing on the district's World Class Outcomes. Additionally, there will be reporting on the 4Cs (Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication and Collaboration) and 21st century skills that are integrated into student learning.
“It goes beyond,” Stephenson said. “It goes into those deeper skills and concepts that we are emphasizing, but that we have never given any information on before.”
The goal is to help families understand where their child’s successes are, as well as to uncover opportunities for continued practice and growth, and ultimately to partner with families to champion student success and prepare them for college and career.
“It gives them a better idea of how their child is as a learner. Not just what their child has achieved, but the behaviors the child has as a learner that will extend far beyond that particular grade level, far beyond that particular content area, and be able to give a parent insight into how that child will be able to use those skills throughout their educational career and beyond,” Stephenson said.
Unlike the previous EPR, teachers will have the ability to customize reporting to match the student’s personalized learning.
Conceptual mockup of the Elementary Progress Report
“In the past, the EPR has reported out on the same thing for every student. In this EPR, teachers will really be able to adjust it to accommodate for the needs of all learners,” Stephenson explained. “If the child is excelling for example, then the teacher may pull in content that is usually taught at a higher grade level so the child may work through the same World Class Outcome as everyone else, but the content may be more advanced. Through this report card, the parent should be able to know exactly what content is used with their child, in order to get them to that accelerated place.”
The new EPR can be customized to match the language individual schools use on a daily basis so that it is in alignment with their learning models and programs.
“For example, at a Leader in Me School that school-level expectations section would highly reflect the Leader in Me wording,” Stephenson explained.
She says some things won’t change with the new EPR. Grading will still be based on a 4-point scale. Additionally, the report will still include attendance information.
The new EPR is expected to roll out at the end of this semester, at the start of Winter Break in December.