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
Similar Strategies
Whole-Group Instruction
Mystery Problem

This strategy is a biweekly problem solving investigation on recently learned content. Typically students will be given sample scanned answers that I have hand selected. These problems have been previously solved. Students meet on the carpet for the mystery problem reveal. We also cover what the goal of our session will be using a checklist/success rubric. They are then dismissed to investigate in teams. The students select manipulatives to discuss, develop an agreed upon idea, and critique which student(s) response they agree with/why. If a team finishes early they can work on they "Step ahead" which is harder differentiated task. Finally they use the checklist to self reflect if they were successful during the mystery problem session.

 
Routines and Procedures
Heads Together

In the Heads Together strategy, my students huddle in pre-determined teams at the beginning or end of a lesson to discuss a question, give each other advice, or decide on a response collaboratively. I use this quick strategy to give my students consistent opportunities to engage in productive group work throughout each class period.

 
Stakeholder Collaboration
Mark's Approach to Collaboration & Communication

Communicating and collaborating with both colleagues and students' families is crucial in a blended environment. This is especially true if a teacher is doing something that looks very different from other teachers at his school. Check out how Mark communicates and collaborates with both his colleagues at school and his students' families and how his methods of communication and collaboration have evolved over time.

 
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