Student Performance Evaluations

Written by Tara Peris
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A confusing aspect of student performance evaluations is that they take many forms, and can be presented at different times of the year. These factors can make it difficult to gauge when a child is really struggling with course material and when he is simply having a bit of trouble adjusting to a new year or to new material. In order to make the most of feedback, parents should remain involved throughout the course of the school year, and should speak with teachers regarding the meaning and importance of various evaluations.

Most schools try to give students and parents feedback at regular intervals. Reports cards are, of course, the most familiar form of evaluation. However, there are many others and parents and students should both be aware of what they are and what they mean.

The Timing and Importance of Student Performance Evaluations

In addition to sending report cards at the end of every semester, most schools will send home student performance evaluations in the middle of the term. At some facilities, mid-term feedback will be given in the form of a parent-teacher conference. Regardless of the format, parents should take the information they receive from teachers seriously, and follow-up with questions as needed. Your child's teacher is an excellent resource and he or she is the best one to tell you if extra help is needed.

There are other forms of student performance evaluations, such as the statewide exams. The vast majority of the time, these annual timed tests are intended to evaluate the school's teaching performance rather than a given child. However, teachers can use test performance to get a sense of a child's strengths and weaknesses. Concerns about understanding math or language arts are often clarified through standardized testing such as this.

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