Better information about student
performance leads to better instruction
if data is used intelligently.
When teachers use data to discuss
their instructional strengths and
weaknesses with other teachers,
they model the very 21st-century
skills they are teaching students:
communication, collaboration and
Plus, data-driven instruction
is gratifying. Research shows that
when teachers use data to evaluate
and adjust their instruction to
impact student learning, they feel
re-energized about teaching and
report increased job satisfaction.
Center for Transforming Learning
and Teaching offers these basic
steps for using assessment results
to improve teaching strategies:
- Look for patterns and trends
about what students know and
know. Which standards appear
- Make observations about
those patterns or trends. Do
require special skills or tools?
- Prioritize observations.
Which need to be dealt with right
- Turn observations into problem
statements. What are the underlying
reasons for studentsâ€™ lack
- Translate problem statements
into goals. What targets are
rigorous yet reasonable?
- Determine indicators of
success. How will you know when
has been solved or goal has
- Identify action steps that
will eliminate the problem.
What are the small steps that
to big improvements over time?
- Identify success indicators
to track over time to determine
if action steps are having
the desired effect. How will
student learning is improving?