Assessment & Data

Using Multiple Sources of Data to Inform ELA Instruction & Grouping

As a blended school, sometimes there is an overwhelming amount of data. Knowing how to use it and when is critical in making sure that the data is both purposeful and useful. Included is both offline (DRA, RAZ, and Interim Benchmark assessments) and online (iReady) assessments to inform instruction and make groups (guided reading, computer groups, and skills-based groups).

Strategy Resources (4)
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a tool used to calculate student behavior on a 5 point scale in order to identify behavioral trends for each student. Students start the day with a score of 5 points, whereby each mis-behavioral infraction reduces the total by 1 point. Student averages are used to identify students in Tier 1, 2, and 3 for the RtI behavior model.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a tool used to analyze interim or benchmark assessments. This is useful in prioritizing what skills/standards to teach in whole group lessons, small group instruction, and one-on-one instruction.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This document is used after an online diagnostic is given in order to analyze data and create actionable steps. Together with the blended learning coordinator, the data helps to inform trends in the classroom and creates next steps for the teacher in order to continue meeting the needs of students in their blended programs.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a tool used to analyze interim or benchmark assessments. This is useful in prioritizing what skills/standards to teach in whole group lessons, small group instruction, and one-on-one instruction.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This document is used after an online diagnostic is given in order to analyze data and create actionable steps. Together with the blended learning coordinator, the data helps to inform trends in the classroom and creates next steps for the teacher in order to continue meeting the needs of students in their blended programs.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
This is a tool used to calculate student behavior on a 5 point scale in order to identify behavioral trends for each student. Students start the day with a score of 5 points, whereby each mis-behavioral infraction reduces the total by 1 point. Student averages are used to identify students in Tier 1, 2, and 3 for the RtI behavior model.
Mark Montero
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Long
Subject:
English / Language Arts
Grade:
Third grade
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