An Experiment in Changing Reporting Practices

Haas, Ruth
May 1954
Educational Leadership;May1954, Vol. 11 Issue 8, p491
The article discusses an experiment in changing reporting practices in education. Changes in reporting practices must come gradually. If the changes are to be accepted, they need be built on the understanding of all who are to use and receive the reports. These things have been learned by administrators, teachers and parents in Vanderburgh County, Indiana, who, working together, have sought to bring about a change in reporting. In 1949 several teachers were discussing the need for a change in the type of reporting used. These teachers thought that the method of reporting in use was somewhat inconsistent with a modern philosophy of education. Their main objection to this method was that it implied the comparison of individuals with other members of the class. These teachers felt that the progress of each individual child should be expressed in terms of the child's own ability. Shortly, thereafter, the superintendent appointed a committee of twelve principals and teachers to study the method of reporting, and to make recommendations for improvement.


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