In an email from our Renweb online system, you will receive a link to view your child’s October progress report. This report was prepared using input from the various teachers with whom your child works. The report is divided into the eight areas of Multiple Intelligences as devised by Dr. Howard Gardner, a developmental psychologist from Harvard University. The Theory of Multiple Intelligences is the basis of our school’s philosophy. We believe that people have many ways of being smart.
When we first opened The Capitol School in 1993, we had to determine the best way to report progress. We tried narrative reports, but after reading an extensive report, parents would ask, “But how is he doing?” We decided that we needed to report progress in a way that would let parents know if their child was developing according the expectations for a child his or her age.
Last year, our older students began taking a standardized test called the “ACT Aspire.” This test indicates “readiness” at a particular grade level according to National Standards. Therefore, we decided to adopt designations that will coincide with the wording used on the ACT Aspire. Your child’s skills will be reported as:
Basically, we use our experience and training to determine if your child is developing in a similar way to other children his or her own age. We also have developmental checklists and assessments in areas such as reading and math that will be included in your child’s notebook portfolio that will be presented to you at your Parent Conference.
We also observe your child’s motivation when he or she is participating in activities in the various areas of Multiple Intelligences. We report this as:
This is not a perfect system and it is based on our observations of your child. However, all of the teachers may often observe similar development or behavior in the child. This validates our opinions.
The progress report is only one of the tools we use to report your child’s progress. You will receive your child’s notebook portfolio in October, December, March, and May. Please allow your child to go through the portfolio with you and share various pieces of work. Hopefully, it will stimulate a conversation between you and your child. Please return the portfolio before December, so that we can add to it. In May, it will be yours to keep.
Another tool we use to report progress is meeting at your Parent Conference. Thanks so much for taking the time to meet with us. We really feel that having three conferences a year with you is extremely valuable. We appreciate all the arrangements you have made to do so. We look forward to meeting with you at your conference on Thursday or Friday, October 9 or 10.
Jane Fain and Margaret L. Hill