I use this checklist to check off what students know or don't know yet. Using pencil allows me to erase and make changes as the year progresses.
I can also change skills, or words, each year if necessary, and I can use this as a goal-setting tool with each student.
I provide a copy to parents at the end of each 9 weeks so that they know where their child is and where he/she is headed since most of this detailed information is not part of our report card. Weaknesses can be seen at a quick glance.
A copy can also be given to administration to prove documentation if desired.