August 14, 2007

Report Cards that Actually Report Something

A new report card system developed by a longtime Baltimore educator is being made available on a voluntary basis to all Baltimore County teachers this coming school year. The Articulated Instruction Module (AIM), which will be used in addition to traditional report cards, will give parents progress reports that tell them whether their children can, for instance, convert fractions to decimals or determine percent of a number. Until it is mastered, a skill or objective follows a student from grade to grade.

In this era of standards-based education progress reporting systems like AIM offer parents, students, and teachers alike a much clearer and realistic portrait of academic achievement. Knowing that your child is struggling with two-digit multiplication means a lot more than a 'B-' in math.

To read more about AIM, read this.