Key Points: Recent studies and data indicate that schools in Oregon do a great job at delivering student progress and data to their parents. One thing that Oregon schools tend to do more than others is publish the reports in both English and Spanish which allow easier access and facilitation tools between parents and teachers. The article also mentions evaluation tools and the re-examination of what metrics should be viewed when critiquing teachers and their performance.
Relevance: Open and clear communication between students, teachers, and parents is an area that teachers need to be try and focus on improving in their classrooms. Granted, not all parents or family members will be willing or engaged in discussing student progress, but teachers should set precedence with their classes by providing avenues in which parents can contact them and/or monthly "newsletters" that give general updates. By doing this, teachers are more pro-active with the communication instead of being reactive as time nears parent teacher conferences or progress monitoring.