It seems like one of the big buzz words in education right now is DATA. The four letter word has had a lot of impact in the educational community recently.
In my classroom, I use data in many ways. It tracks student growth and progress, drives my instruction, helps me individualize learning experiences, and simplifies my student grouping. There is so much data out that there it can become TOO much. But, my school is using data in a positive way to help us realize our classroom strengths and weaknesses as well as help us set student learning goals.
Our district participates in Discovery Education's Think Link testing. These tests are are used to help us track what standards our students have or have not mastered. We assess our students, using this assessment tool, three times a year. There are four levels- level one meaning little to no mastery on a skill, level two shows some mastery, level three shows on grade level comprehension, and level four represents above grade level performance.
The graph above is the one that is posted in my classroom. I get excited making my data wall. I conference with all of the students after each assessment measure. Then, I place a paw print for each student in the correct category. The students know which category they are in. We set goals together both as a class and individually, and I always make a big deal when it is time to change the data. Hopefully, we see progress and the paw prints move up the levels instead of down! :)
Below are examples of other data walls from fabulous teachers throughout my building. I love the uniqueness of each data wall!
How do you track data in your classroom?