In Kindergarten we sent home our first standard piece of writing this week. It is up to the parent to compare their child's work to the standard piece.
When we began sending home Standard Snapshots eight years ago, we showcased our BEST work, but we soon realized that when parents compared our BEST work with their child's work, it was hard for them to figure out what was "standard." Now we select a single piece together as a grade level and look for work that is really representative of the standard at this time of year. This gives parents a good benchmark to compare their own child's work.
As time has gone on, we have also realized that these "Snapshots" also archive our work over the years. It has really become our school's work-over-time!