Join Riyaz Gayasaddin for an in-depth discussion in this video Examples of tracking tools for teachers and students, part of Teaching Fundamentals: Data-Driven Instruction.
- In this movie, educators are explored different ways. Teachers and students can track their student achievement data on a general broad level. There are multiple ways to track student achievement data but the most basic way and the most comprehensive way to track data is using a Mastery Tracking spreadsheet. You actually have access to this. Under desktop, if you click on exercise files and click on chapter one and then open up the sample Mastery Tracker. When you open it up, you can see that there are a ton of colors, a lot of rows and columns, but don't get overwhelmed.
Later in the course, we're going to dive in to this tracker a lot more in several movies but I just want to give you a broad overview of how it looks. It's pretty simple. On the left hand column in column A, you can see you have student names. Then starting at column O, you actually enter scores for them on a objective or on their analysis level. For example, if I go to column O, row 48, you can see that has 90 for that objective for observations and inference.
This is teacher phasing. This would not be student phasing. You definitely want this and need this in order to get yourself off on the right foot for data tracking and this is your first way to do it. Besides having a Mastery Tracking spreadsheet like I just showed you, there are ways of publicly displaying your data in your classroom, in your school. For example, here on the screen, you'll see "Our Mastery Bricks". This teacher took each student have them write their goals down for the year and displayed it on the wall for everyone to see as a public display of their goals and what they want to master.
You could also get sticker charts. Sticker charts are super easy to get from any store but also many teaching stores have them too. All you do is it's really empowering for students. Once they master a certain objective, they take a sticker and put it on for that objective and they're able to publicly see where they're at, how they compare with others, and then you can also see from class to class how they're doing. I also really love on this how the teacher has their goal above, what you have mastered. This is a great way of displaying and ensuring that you're always talking about that goal in your classroom.
You could also do it for reading growth. Here you can clearly see there are letters of top. For those reading teachers, they should queue you in that it is a reading level data wall. The teacher has taken posters and has written the students' names and the levels on them. Throughout that year, while they're either progress monitoring or the beginning, the middle, end of year, when they're testing, they'll move them around according to their growth the students have had. This can be done on a classroom level or it can be done on a grade level or it can also be done on the school level depending on the size of your school.
Another easy way is using a data wall. This is pretty simple wall to have. These are very common in schools. I know many administrations and districts are asking for data walls. This is just a simple picture of how you can do it in your own classroom. Besides having your teacher phasing, data sheet, as well as public displays, I think the most empowering is having your students track their own data. Here up on the screen is a performance reflection after a unit in chemistry. This is actually students progress completed by them.
They take their test. They see for each standard that was on the test on what percent they actually received on that. It's a great way to get students invested. At the bottom of it, you can see their reflection, questions, and next steps that the student fills out. We will be diving into this a little bit later as well but I just want to give you a broad overview. Like I said, investing your students in data is the most important. Because if your students are invested, they're going to be the ones driving towards their goals and that's what it should be. At the end of the day, your students should be invested in their own performance and being able to see where they're at and how they're going.
Throughout the movie, you've been able to see some examples and ways teachers and students have tracked their their own student achievement.
- Setting qualitative goals
- Setting up the Excel Mastery Tracker
- Gathering data with interim assessments
- Analyzing data
- Understanding outcomes, causes, and solutions
- Getting student buy-in