Using Assessment Data to Intensify Instruction

What would happen if educators decided to take a deeper look at their assessment data to drive future instructional lesson plans?  Students are required to take multiple assessments – both formal and informal – throughout the school year to help teachers to gauge their students’ content knowledge and the effectiveness of classroom instruction.  These assessments yield a variety of data to be disaggregated, but many teachers look only at the overall pass rate instead of individual student data to determine how to remediate areas of concern. This is very unfortunate, as disaggregating data can inform lesson planning for intentional intensive instruction for struggling learners and students with disabilities (SWD). [Read more…]

Where Are We Now and Where Are We Headed? A Time for Reflection and Decision-Making

One half of the 2014-15 school year is over, and by now, educators possess data from multiple formal and informal sources that can help them to know and understand their students and to determine where they are performing in relation to mastery of the Standards of Learning (SOL).  When you analyze your students’ data, do they indicate that they are on track to meet the demands of the grade-level or course SOL? Do your instructional practices and the services for students with disabilities support movement toward reaching the state’s learning targets? In what ways could instructional practices be adjusted to more effectively meet the learning needs of your students? Do you know all you need to know about your students with disabilities and best practice to meet those needs? [Read more…]