Ways to utilize student assessment data

1. Plan individual instructional intervention

Assessment data gives teachers the foundation for creating their own individualized plan for struggling learners. Personalizing a student’s plan can look very different each time but may include a few similar criteria, such as…

  • skills that need emphasis in the classroom;
  • additional support strategies for teaching the student; and
  • a way to track and monitor progress for the student, teacher, and families involved.

2. Develop daily instructional strategies

Assessment data can provide you with everything you need to answer these questions and start grouping students.

  • How many small groups should I teach?
  • How am I going to find the time to meet with them?
  • How do I manage the rest of my class while working with my small groups?
  • Where do I find resources to meet all of the instructional needs of my students?

3. Determine targeted goals for students and teachers

Short- and long-term goals guide success for teachers and students. Leaders can analyze assessment data and use the information to set goals for teachers that are specific, measurable, relevant, and attainable.

4. Monitor student and teacher progress

Progress monitoring provides leaders with valuable information regarding improvements in critical reading and math skills as well as classroom performance. This type of monitoring should take place often so that it becomes expected and familiar for all parties involved.

5. Discover professional development gaps

Education leaders are analyzing assessment data and determining where students are seeing the least amount of improvement. This information points them to the overall professional development gaps for teachers. Many leaders are looking for customized professional development sessions to fill these gaps.

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