Using Data to Improve Student Achievement

Know Data, Know Answers

I want to share a piece I wrote a number of years ago.  I love the rubrics designed by the fine folks at Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, but I wanted to unpack the rubrics.  By unpacking the rubrics, I can get to data that allows me  to see the specific parts of the problem-solving process …

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Using Data to Form Flex Groups – Kindergarten Writing

You’ve likely heard about using data to inform student achievement.  You’ve also likely used assessment data from your state tests to try and do that.  There are many ways to use data, including the kinds of data you collect in your classroom.  This short piece describes how to use data from a rubric to form …

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Kindergarten Developmental Rubric

This three-page handout has an example of a developmental rubric that can be used in kindergarten. Download the pdf of the kindergarten rubric and ideas for its use. You may also want to see my post related to using the data from this rubric to form flexible groups.

Setting Achievement Bars

With the end of the school year comes time for district and school staff to determine how well students have learned.  School Boards do this also.  If you want to measure student achievement at higher levels, one way is to look at how your state sets its achievement bar on the state tests your students …

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MEAP Constructed Response – Examples of Scoring Guides

Examples of Prompts for Reading Constructed Response Download this document to get a feel for what the constructed response prompts and scoring tools look like.  In the booklet you’ll find four examples of passages, examples of prompts for the passages, and examples of scoring tools that go with the prompts.  These are good to help …

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MEAP Item Descriptors

The MEAP Item Descriptors Books have just been released by staff at the Michigan Department of Education.  Stay in the know and download the booklets so you can use them for curriculum alignment purposes. I’ve also written a few tips about how to use these booklets.  Just download my pdf and see if there’s an idea …

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Student Assessment – Verbs and Verb Tense

This is a quick assessment for the following two objectives: (1) Identify the verb in a sentence, and (2) Identify the verb as past or present. Download the pdf of the assessment, answer key, and data scoring tool. Grade Level:  Elementary

Kindergarten Data Sheet – Can students write their names?

One of the things kindergarten teachers like to track is how students are coming along with writing their names.  So here is an idea for doing that.  What is great about this tracking sheet is that the interventions are built in!  I’ve put in a few illustrative examples to show you how to connect interventions and …

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