Matching Student Outcomes for Students, Parents and Teachers

How could we create a matching protocol to align students, parents and teachers expectations for student outcomes?

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Students, parents, and teachers each complete a survey to gather their desired learning outcomes for the student.  The survey would include both direct questions about the desired outcomes (ex. "Where do you see your child in 10 years?) as well as questions meant to elicit the preferences or values of each stakeholder (ex. "What are your five favorite books?").  Efforts would also be made for stakeholders to assign weights to their responses to determine a ranking of their individual priorities.

As the data is gathered and sorted, the first priority would be to establish the learning outcomes that are universally desired across the three stakeholder groups.  Universally desired outcomes would become the primary focus of learning activities, while those with two or one stakeholders expressing would receive emphasis in proportion to their shared desirability.

One concern that has been raised is that the teacher and parent may have some power to persuade or coerce the student in these matters.  A possible means of addressing this concern could be to assign added weight to the student's preferred outcomes.  For example, the student's preferences could be given double weight against that of the parent or teacher (i.e. 50% student, 25% parent, 25% teacher).  Another possibility could be to give a slighter advantage to the student along the lines of 40% student, 30% parent, 30% teacher.


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I like this, with some tweaks, for young children, especially right at the beginning of the year. HMW possibly include some parent education pieces in this process if parents' expectations are not in line with school mission, student achievement, or developmental abilities?

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