Most teachers are familiar with the changing requirements for how students are taught and tested in the classroom. In the last few years alone, major shifts have included the introduction of the Common Core State Standards, the first round of aligned tests, and the development of other state-specific standards and exams.
For families, though, these changes can be harder to navigate. Parents are receiving state test score reports for the first time this fall, and they’ll be looking to teachers for guidance about what their children’s test results mean.
That’s why we’re excited to partner with Learning Heroes on a guide to communicating with parents about test scores. With the support of national organizations such as the National PTA, Common Sense Media, and GreatSchools, Learning Heroes has compiled a comprehensive set of resources that help parents understand changes in the classroom—and what they can do at home.
The Score Report Support Guide
With the new Score Report Support Guide from Learning Heroes and Remind, teachers can reach out to parents with important information and encourage engagement. We’ve developed a set of free, easy-to-use materials that you can send to parents with Remind…just in time for parent-teacher conferences.
The guide includes five focus areas, materials for both Smarter Balanced and PARCC, and a suggested schedule with messages that you can adapt to fit your needs. We’ve also included two types of messages that you can send:
- One-way Parent Information announcements to inform your entire class.
- Parent Engagement messages that use Stamps and Chat to encourage engagement.
To make communication as simple as possible, all the messages, links, and handouts you need are right in the guide or downloadable from this post.
Take a look at the Score Report Support Guide as Connected Educator Month gets under way, and let us know what you think! We hope this is useful for building strong relationships to support student success.
- Score Report Support Guide
- Appendix 1: Talking to Your Child’s Teacher About Their Score Report
- Appendix 2: A Guide to Parent/Teacher Conversations About Score Reports (Smarter Balanced)
- Appendix 3: A Guide to Parent/Teacher Conversations About Score Reports (PARCC)