The world of education is full of measurement and reporting systems. In fact, it has so many processes for this purpose that nobody knows where they are or what they are used for in detail, or they are not really useful for much. Therefore, it is worth the effort to ask ourselves what the future of student reports is in these new times.
We know that technology has entered with force in the most diverse areas of life. This also has its correlate in the world of education.
There are those who think that this change is based on doing online classes or having cloud platforms to host content, videos and many other materials. But that was a revolution in the first half of the 90’s. Today is very different.
Whether we think of the world of school education, where we have grade reports, behavior and other records of student progress (both for the student and their families); or, we are imagining a student of higher education and even postgraduate, the truth is that the reports are vital… although only if they are done well.
Having reports is an excellent way to provide feedback and help the person to have guidance and continuity in their learning process. But many times these reports provide information that is not very useful or give a vision that does not offer improvement paths for students.
Other times, they are reports that are made to “comply with the protocol” but not to improve the teaching-learning-application process.
Going from a manual report, which takes a lot of time for each teacher and is always subject to their particular criteria, their time and dedication, to reports that are the same thing on platforms where the teacher writes it on his computer so that it can later come out with a “prettier” shape, but actually being almost the same thing.
Reading the English site called “TeacherToolkit”, I found an interesting article that addresses this topic, which makes a lot of sense to me with the work that we have done for several years now at HPI International, helping to develop evaluation systems and automatic reports that They help teachers avoid this tedious work, and by providing both students and their families with information that is really useful.
Thus, when thinking about the future of student reports, we find that they will not only be automatic in various areas, not only knowledge tests, but essentially those of skills, attitudes and other key areas in the development of students in their daily exercise or work.
Along with this, this report allows the delivery of feedback built from various sources of information, allowing the delivery of a clear guide on how to improve what makes a difference for the student and her goals.
We need educators to focus on doing this challenging job better and better and rely on new technological developments so that monitoring, reporting and feedback are constant, more effective and personalized and fully automated.
Now all that remains is for educational entities to be encouraged to take the step of incorporating this new trend for the future of their student reports.