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Involving Students and Engaging Parents

FreshGrade empowers stakeholders – teachers, parents, and students – by facilitating open communication and supporting them with the resources needed to help improve student achievement. Visibility into a student’s learning is the first step.

In order to achieve success for all students, teachers need a way to track student progress so that instructional strategies can be adjusted to better meet the needs of students. FreshGrade easily tracks observational assessments while encouraging personalized student learning. With parent and student access, students can now respond to teacher feedback, and parents have the ability to support and encourage their child.

Involving Students

Assessment becomes more meaningful when students are directly involved. That’s why we have built student access into FreshGrade. We believe that giving students access to their portfolio, the ability to comment on work, and respond to teacher feedback will improve their learning.

“The purpose of classroom assessment is to support student learning and to communicate that learning to others. In order to support student learning, classroom assessment needs to involve students deeply in the assessment process, provide specific, descriptive feedback during the learning, and include evaluative feedback as required to communicate and report progress over time. This helps build a shared language that everyone can use to describe growth and learning.” – Dr. Anne Davies

This concept around assessment is a core value for FreshGrade. Our vision is that our tool can facilitate specific, descriptive feedback about learning and foster communication between all stakeholders.

Engaging Parents

Parent involvement can really make a difference! FreshGrade’s goal is to promote parent engagement in student learning. By giving parents a window into their child’s education, conversations become more targeted, feedback can be more specific, and problem areas can be identified and supported quickly.

Students are more likely to be motivated, show learning progression, improve their behaviour, and continue their education to a higher level when their parents are actively engaged in supporting their success.

“We find that frequent teacher-family communication immediately increased student engagement as measured by homework completion rates, on-task behavior, and class participation. On average, teacher-family communication increased the odds that students completed their homework by 40%, decreased instances in which teachers had to redirect students’ attention to the task at hand by 25%, and increased class participation rates by 15%. Drawing upon surveys and interviews with participating teachers and students, we identify three primary mechanisms through which communication likely affected engagement: stronger teacher-student relationships, expanded parental involvement, and increased student motivation.” – Harvard.edu

It’s recognized that parent engagement is a key factor in the enhancement of student achievement and well-being. When parents play an active role in their children’s education there are improvements in student achievement.

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