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Reporting is not just tied to assessment. It can be used for social and developmental concerns, or simply reporting what is happening within the school. It can be done in writing, face-to-face, online, through conferences, … . It may be system, school, teacher or parent initiated. It can be general or very specific.
Below is a collection of resources for reporting from different reporting styles to comment banks, parent/teacher conferences to electronic formats linked to assessment, newsletters, more.
Unless otherwise stated the resources are free.
Remember some sites are not Australian. Check carefully to be sure they conform to Australian requirements before use, e.g. spelling, terminology, guidelines, … .
Reporting on student achievement
WA. Policy document which includes Components of written reports, Achievement in learning areas, reporting for different levels, Mid-year reporting, Modified reporting and Recognition of an alternative method of reporting student achievement. Australia.
student achievement and progress in Prep to Year 10
‘A component of the Queensland implementation strategy for supporting the transition to the Australian Curriculum’. Australia.
Department of Education, Victoria. Includes requirements, learning goals, tips for writing report cards, sample student reports, more. Australia.
- Written Reports for Primary and Secondary Students
South Australia. Broad approach.
Includes, conferences, student-led conferences, more.
- Helpful Hints
for Parent Teacher Meetings
Brochure from TASSO.
Education and Training, Victoria. Tips for before, during and after these.
- Best 25+ Parent-teacher
conference ideas on Pinterest
Rubrics, survey sheets, checklists, student-led conference templates, more.
Northern Territory Council of Government Schools Organisation. Well presented, point format presentation.
- Parent-teacher interviews : Tips and Ideas
The Basics; Why it’s worth going; what to talk about; Preschool and Primary level; after the interview; more.
- Prepare For Parent Teacher Conferences
‘To get the most out of the experience, Kidspot explains the questions you need to ask and how to best prepare for your parent teacher sessions’.
- 10 Tips for Great
‘In reality, a parent-teacher conference can have a huge impact on student work and behaviour. This list is focused on helping teachers prepare themselves for these often difficult conferences’. The first point is by far the most important wherever this is possible. USA.
- 5 Tips for Successful Parent Teacher Conferences
YouTube video [approx. 10 mins.] designed mainly for parents. USA.
- 5 Resources for Parent-
Teacher Conferences [Edutopia]
‘From ideas for highlighting student progress, to questions every parent should ask, these are some of our favourite articles and resources that cover parent-teacher conferencing’. Updated content. USA.
- Better Parent Conferences [MiddleWeb]
A resource roundup of ideas and methods. USA.
- Parent Conference Resources
TeacherVision. Lengthy article in sub-topics format for teachers. USA.
Parent-Teacher Conference Tip Sheets for Principals, Teachers, and Parents
‘These tip sheets from Global Family Research Project are designed to support educators and families in conducting productive, successful parent-teacher conferences’. Download a PDF of this publication here. USA.
- What Is an IEP ?
Multiple articles and videos cover every aspect of these. Use the “Show more” link to see more coverage for this. USA.
Report Card Comments
While there are a range of comments provided, teachers are reminded these should only be used as guides and other factors should be taken into consideration - the child, the setting, the subject, special factors, systemic restraints, etc..
In addition, we repeat what was always a mantra while we were actively engaged in education - don’t use meaningless comments, e.g. “Child X was a pleasure to teach this semester’. What does this mean ? They were excellent in their studies, they were really quiet and didn’t annoy me, they always smiled and did what they were told, … ”.
Comments should always be specific, directed at the topic involved, reflect the child’s achievement or lack thereof and be meaningful for all parties involved - teachers, parents, students.
Wherever possible it should be positive, with recommendations or suggestions for the future. It should always have evidence to back up any assertion which is being made and be capable of being effectively addressed in any interview situation.
Finally, remember, most of the comment banks listed are not Australian and therefore have an added cultural difference.
- 100 Report Card Comments
‘We have organised our 100 report card comments by category. Read the entire list or click one of the category links below to jump to that list’. USA.
Report Card Comments to Use Now
Scholastic. ‘As a teacher, it is our duty to be truthful, but we also need to be tactful’. USA.
5 Types of Report Card Comments for Elementary Teachers
‘The following phrases and statements can help you tailor your comments for each specific student. Writing report card comments designed to instil ambition within students can empower them to make positive changes. Try to provide specific examples whenever you can to make your report card comments more personal’.
Comment Ideas for Report Cards
Nearly 300 starters for end of year comments. Canada.
- Religious Education Comments
Examples used in Toronto Catholic School District. Canada.
- Report Card Comments for Behaviour
and Social Development
A shortlisting of these. USA.
- Report Card Comments and Phrases - Character and Social/Emotional Traits
‘Help parents and students appreciate the development and importance of 21st Century skills and character traits while making the report card writing process faster and easier. Suitable for all grade levels’. USA.
- Report Card Comments & Phrases - Personality & Attitude
TeacherVision. ‘These comments and phrases are appropriate for all students and are a great time-saver while doing report cards’. Related links are also found on the right-hand side. USA.
- Report Card Comments [TeAchnology]
‘General comments that apply to very objective criteria [as well as] behavioural comments that speak to effort, motivation, and consistency’. Grouped in school levels. USA.
- Report Card Comments Teachers would love to Use
Collection of humorous truths [?] about students, that you wouldn’t be game to use.
Card Comments and Advice
‘These suggested comments can be used as is, or adapted for any grade and subject’. Also advice. USA.
- Report Card Comments
‘Grade 6 Language, scanned From The Ontario Provincial Report Card’. Comments long and short. Canada.
- Report Comments Bank
‘Welcome to a massive online school report comments bank. This report comments bank has been made to speed up producing school reports’.
You need to be able to log in, but registration appears to be free. UK.
- School Report Writer
‘1 000s of primary and secondary report card comments to download from teachers in Australia, New Zealand and beyond’. Grouped under curriculum/subject headings, with an additional 350 Primary level collections. Video guide available. International, including Australia.
- Teacher Report Card Comments
‘Specialises in ready-to-use, printable, downloadable report card comments designed to save teachers’ time’. Note this is fee-based. USA.
- A Guide to Implementing Student-Led Parent Conferences in
‘Includes an informative article on how to implement student-led conferences in your classroom. Also includes a kit for implementing student-led parent conferences’. USA.
- How to Have
Productive Teacher Student Conferences
Specific detail from Classroom. USA.
- Student Led Conferences 
‘Many teachers hold student led conferences during Report Card time. This collection gathers all of the great ideas in one place’. USA.
- Student-led Conferences and Three-way
Overview, then access to examples of implementation in several schools. Part of a larger Reporting to parents, families and whānau section of the site. New Zealand.
- Student-led Conferences Overview
‘A great video produced by Curriculum Services Canada, which explains the what, how and why for student led conferences’. Canada.
- Student-Led Conferences Hold Kids
‘Would you like to find a way to actively engage students in their learning process and increase parent attendance at conferences ? Student-led conferences can accomplish those two objectives’. USA.
Conferences : Resources for Educators
Edutopia. ‘Whether you already do student-led conferences or are interested in making a shift, this list includes a variety of go-to examples, guides, tips, and forms to help launch or improve these meetings’. USA.
- Student-Led Parent-Teacher Conferences
Overview and points to remember from a teacher who has experienced them. Part of a Scholastic Blog. USA.
- Teacher Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences
‘Learn how to maximise your time with parents and thoughtfully present your students’ strengths and weaknesses’. Scholastic. USA.
- Using Student-Led Parent-Teacher
Multiple ideas. Edutopia Blog. USA.
- When Students Lead Their Learning
‘Students take a lead role in understanding and communicating their progress when they reflect on their learning in front of parents and panels of experts’. USA.