Get Creative in Your Data Gathering
Data-driven instruction. It’s a fixation among educational policymakers, evoking images of high-stakes testing and time-consuming statistical analyses.
However, relying on the data from large-scale assessments isn’t always practical for teachers. Those tests are typically designed for ranking schools and districts, not for helping teachers improve learning or their instructional strategies for individual students. Often results aren’t timely, and they generally lack detail to target specific student improvements.
So what are some better ways to gather data on your students?
1. Pre-assessments. Pre-assessments help you determine a student’s or a whole classroom’s readiness or interest in a subject so you can plan appropriate instruction. Some examples: