In my school, we have to produce a report for each pupil each term. These reports have a grade for behaviour, attitude to learning (so far so good), and predicted grade.
When I was at University studying to be a teacher, we learnt that summative feedback leads to poorer outcomes and formative feedback leads to good outcomes. (See Carol Dweck's TED talk for an introduction on this.) I even read one study that shows that summative feedback undoes the good of formative feedback.
Therefore, I want to find a way to do this, that:
- Is accurate (though not necessarily precise)
- Does not disturb the kids from learning too much
- And, more importantly, is quick and requires little effort