Student Outcomes – The Macro Picture

March 1, 2011 at 9:43 AM 1 comment

Student data is useful at many levels. Attendance, grades, and test scores are standard records tracked by guidance staff or registrars. In addition, teachers collect a vast array of evidence to document that students are meeting curricular objectives. Increasingly, however, more extensive data is being gathered by students for daily motivation and for portfolios demonstrating their progress in school. This information often offers a clearer picture of the total student and his or her development intellectually, emotionally, and socially.

At a macro level, students are asked to…

  • Attend
  • Participate
  • Be in charge
  • Get results

A few examples of how these basic success factors can be tracked are presented by category below:



  • Record of attendance
  • Prep chart of preparedness
  • Presence in activities during unstructured time or outside of school
  •  Class participation record
  • Peer evaluations
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities

Be in Charge

Get Results

  • Achievement of psychosocial benchmarks for age group
  • Citizenship awards
  • Evidence of leadership
  • Discipline record
  • Informal assessments
  • Grades
  • Formal assessments
  • Merit awards

A portfolio of student accomplishments and outcomes is necessarily begun by the teacher in the early years of school. However, ownership of this record should be transferred to the child gradually throughout elementary school to facilitate the development of self awareness and self control. By adolescence, the notion of being in charge expands to include responsibility not only for self but for relationships with other people and institutions. Authentic assessments, periodic progress reviews, and student goal setting are integral to that process.

 Next step…psychosocial benchmarks 


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  • 1. Show Me the Reports « SchoolsRetooled  |  October 24, 2011 at 8:17 AM

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