I love the idea of students keeping track of their own growth. I think it makes what they do more meaningful, I think they will put in more effort and their absolute best, and I think it's a great way to communicate with parents about how their child is doing.
The chart can be used for almost any subject, or it can be used to track behavior.
There is a place for the standard to be written, I prefer the students write them in "I Can" statements. Along the top is the initial check-in, 5 check points, and the final check-in. Along the side is a “Growth” column. Growth can be tracked by percentage, reading level, or simply a student’s confidence and/or comfort on the matter (1-5). Then along the bottom, students can record the dates of the “check-ins”.
If you don’t often do pre-tests, they can be a little bit of a shock to students seeing scores so low and recording scores so low. It’s important to constantly remind them that this our starting off point on new material. One thing that is crucial to self-assessment really having a positive impact is to have the one-on-one conferences with them. After the first or second check-in, meet with the student to talk about where they are, how they are feeling, and set an action plan together that will help them reach their goal (these conferences can be recorded on the back by the student and then you can keep the same information in your own student growth binder/notebook). This can always be re-done at check-in 3, 4, or 5. Then when it comes time to do the final check-in, students will not only have a good idea of how to achieve their goal, but the confidence they can as well.
Completed forms can then be saved for conferences or sent home and shared with parents. This also allows the parents to see what the students plan was.