Join Riyaz Gayasaddin for an in-depth discussion in this video The importance of student achievement data, part of Teaching Techniques: Data-Driven Instruction.
- In this movie, educators will explore the overarching goal of using data in the classroom, and how data cycles are ultimately all about student achievement. Data's not only important for you, but is also the total driving factor in your classroom. As educators, our ultimate outcome is our students outcome. We can have the best managed class, we can hold the highest expectations for our kids, we can take them on multiple field trips throughout the year but at the end of the day, if we're not tracking our students, we will not know where they're at.
Teachers who give a diagnostic before the end of the first quarter, they are two times more likely to reach their goals by the end of the year. Shocking, I know. I did not believe this when I first read it, but, being in so many classrooms over the past years, I have noticed that teachers who ultimately give a diagnostic act with such a sense of urgency moving throughout the year that they reach and many times go above their goals. We as educators know that data's important. We wouldn't want to take our students to a doctor who didn't pass his boards, or we wouldn't want to hire a lawyer who didn't pass the LSAP.
Same's true for teachers. Why would a parent want to send their child of theirs to a teacher who doesn't know the results for their child, or isn't striving to hit that bar for their child. When you actually begin the year knowing what's going on, it ultimately instills urgency in the way you teach. Teachers who assess students right from the get-go, who share honest results with students, in a way that makes sense and is comfortable, and do the same process with parents and families, at the end of the day, they have dramatic academic growth for students in their class.
Data doesn't have to be a four letter word. It's a way for us to push students forward. It's a way to motivate us towards our goals, and it's a way to create transformational students in our classrooms. In this movie you have explored the importance of using data in the classroom, and how they are ultimately all about 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