Three Tips for Writing Progress Letters

If you haven’t already, you may soon be writing progress letters home to parents. Informing parents about how their children are doing in school is an important part of your job. We know that writing personalized progress letters to parents can be a chore, so we wanted to share the 3 main things your letters should include and help you save some time! If you’re an ESGI subscriber, we have some great news that will help you produce your parent letters in seconds! (Please check out the video at the end for more details).

Here are 3 things that make a good progress letter:

  1. What you are testing/measuring– Although most parents are aware of the curriculum for the school year, they are not with their child in the classroom as the lessons are being taught. That’s why it’s a great idea to include information on which concepts are being assessed and measured, like sight words, numbers, reading comprehension, etc…
  2. Strengths and areas for improvements– Progress reports should include details about the student’s performance across each curriculum area, informing them on the areas in which their child is doing well, and on any that need improvement. Specifically, parents want to understand how they can continue the learning at home. If you’re an ESGI subscriber or trial user, you can print flashcards for families to review concepts with their child.
  3. Grades– Just listing what the students got right and wrong isn’t always enough, you may want to show parents how their child is being graded so there are no surprises at report card time!

ESGI subscribers, did you know ESGI comes with parent letters in English or Spanish that will fill in all of the above for you in just a few clicks? In this week’s Tuesday Tips, Rochelle shows you how to use ESGI’s parent letter feature with the new grading scales.

Haven’t tried the new grading scales feature? Here’s more information on how to use it. Not currently an ESGI subscriber? Click here to sign up for a free 60-day trial.