In the traditional education system, groups of students are presented with the same information and ultimately tested on their retention of that information. In the Montessori system, students are allowed more freedom to direct their learning, working predominantly independently and selecting topics of interest to study. Teachers work more as facilitators, guiding the students as they explore topics and monitoring their achievement to ensure that they stay on target with state academic standards. The standard Montessori progress report differs from the traditional progress report as a reflection of the overall difference in the type of education each system provides.
Place identifying information at the top of the report card. Include the child's name and academic grade, as well as a student identification number and homeroom teacher information that may apply.
List the state standards. Consult your state Department of Education website for the most up-to-date standards, and list them as the academic subjects would be listed on a normal report card. To make this information easier for parents to read, consider listing the English standards together, the math standards together and so on. This practice will create a report that is much longer and more detailed than a standard progress report.
Label each standard as presented, achieving or proficient. Consider the student's performance, and determine whether he has met each standard. If he has just begun working toward the standard, label the standard as presented. If he is actively working toward achieving the standard, label it as achieving. If he has mastered the standard, label it as proficient.
Provide an extensive amount of anecdotal information. Anecdotal information allows parents to better understand their child's performance, as well as his areas of strength and weakness. At the end of the report card, compose several paragraphs unique to the child in which you discuss his academic performance during the term.
Include a list of future goals. You can consult with the student to develop a list, or select goals yourself that you think would benefit the student. Place these goals in a list form, or explain them in the final paragraph of your anecdotal information.
Attach a list of suggestions for parents to implement at home. Although it's not mandatory to include this in the report, parents may enjoy seeing things that they can do to help their child succeed. Give them the tools they need to continue their student's education at home.