After our discussion during the latest innovation meeting several colleagues asked to see the character report card that we are attempting to use school-wide at the Gateway to College Program. This report card is meant to measure a students “essential skills” for success both in school and beyond the classroom. Right now this is just version #2 based on what I learned from the KIPP schools seven character strengths and the character report cards that they use.
Each teacher, EA, or support staff anonymously rates the student so that they cannot determine who gave them what score. This is mean to avoid a student feeling like they are being singled out by a person whom they feel doesn’t like them. The students also rate themselves and then their scores will be manually entered to avoid bias from seeing the staff reviews. The report cards will be reviewed with the students before they are sent home and students will have a chance to openly discuss how they feel about the results. We will try to incorporate the skills into our lesson plans on a daily basis so that students can see what essential skills are meant to be used in a particular lesson.
I am definitely open to suggestions and would appreciate any feedback that might make this report card better.