Department of Education has been advocating that every student (or parent of an underage student) to have access to his or her own academic data in a machine-readable format. That sounds great, but how would it work? What data would parents and students receive? What could they add? We've been studying this issue for a couple years (and wrote a 2012 paper called Data Backpack that did a pretty good job describing the benefits of portable records). Following is our best guess at how this will work. What is a learner profile? A learner profile includes three elements:Jessie's mom arrived at an elementary enrollment open house with a full record from the Montessori school she had attended for five years. The profile included competency-levels across all subject areas, pages of rich narrative describing her work habits and social-emotional factors, demonstrations of mastery, a record of participation in additional services like her weekly work with a speech-language pathologist and personal insights from her teachers on her strengths and weaknesses across the curriculum over her five years in the school. Daniela arrives a month after school starts. Her mother, who speaks little English, indicates she completed third grade in another state but she does not have contact information. Consider the advantage Jessie's new teachers have with access to such rich and detailed information, they will be equipped to personalize her learning from day one. Unfortunately most students enroll in US schools like Daniela with little or no information about their academic journey. Some quick diagnostic tests can help but it would be far better if every student benefited from a rich portable education record. Here's another example: Vanessa receives speech-therapy at school as part of her Individual Education Plan. Vanessa also receives private speech therapy outside of school. The two therapists have never met, never spoken to one another, and her goals with the two are independent of each other. Vanessa takes gymnastics. Last week her private physical therapist joined in to support her and see what she is working on. But her school physical education teacher is out of that loop. If Vanessa's mom managed her profile, she could connect the speech therapists and the contributors to her physical health. The
- Learning transcript: grades, courses (and/or learning levels), state and district achievement data
- Personalized learning information: supplemental achievement data, record of services received, feedback on work habits, record of extracurricular activities and work/service experiences.
- Portfolio of student work: collection of personal best work products.
- Curiosity: gain access to all the information schools and tools generate about students;
- Control: to proactively manage your son/daughter's educational transcript to improve their life options;
- Personalization: empower your son/daughter's teachers, tutors, and tools with the information they need to begin personalizing learning experiences from day one.
- Options: as the number of learning opportunities increases a comprehensive profile will help students and parents to identify and make good decisions.
- College and career: a well-constructed portfolio of student work will help students gain access to the best options after high school. Teaching young people to manage a positive career profile will be a valuable lifelong skill.
- record of special services received
- supplemental achievement data
- feedback on work habits and social skills
- extracurricular activities
- work and service experiences
- Data Backpacks: Portable Records & Learner Profiles
- It's Time For Students To Own The Student Record: B2C LMS Companion
- Fishtree: Learner Profiles Drive Adaptive Learning
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