I recently read an interesting article on EdSurge about Micro-Credentials. In the article, Kindergarten students from Elizabeth Ford School District receive badges as they achieve learning milestones. It got me thinking about how we report on student achievement. In an age when teaching and learning are undergoing tremendous transformations, why isn't the way we report changing, too?
The purpose of report cards
In the Australian curriculum, the achievement standard is a C level, so getting a C means they are meeting the expectation. In my experience, this is not always an easy feat - it's an ambitious curriculum. The second hurdle is the educational jargon used in reporting descriptors. Often pulled straight from the curriculum content descriptor, which educators themselves struggle to apprehend at times, these words are often like another language to parents.
Could badges be the answer?
While there are some skills and knowledge sets that lend themselves to a black and white achievement, I can see an argument that this approach creates a finish line or would not allow for more complex application of skills. Instead, if you look at it more like a stepping stone leading to the next achievement, the potential for open ended achievement could be almost limitless.