Effectiveness of Communication Using Standards Based Report Cards Versus Traditional Report Cards

Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2019

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Belma Sadikovic


standards-based, report cards, parent communication, traditional report cards



The purpose of this study was to determine whether standards based report cards are more effective at communicating a student’s progress than the traditional report card. The study took place within a nine-week period during the school year. Students and parents were surveyed at the start of a grading period, and once again at the end of the grading period, to see if their opinion of the effectiveness of the report cards had changed. The surveys were used to show their level of satisfaction with the communication established with each of the report cards presented. Each of the report cards gave parents and students information about the student’s progress in reading. The results of the survey show that the standards-based report card was the preferred report card of parents and students, and that they felt it was more effective at communicating their progress towards meeting the standards in reading.

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