Assessment & Evalution
Data Coaching for Informing Instruction
Assessment & evaluation, both formative and summative, are essential parts of instruction in education. Part of evaluating students is interpreting data and using what has been learned to inform future instruction. As part of using the data to inform instruction, a plan for sharing data with students is created. Students should know their testing scores and understand the implication on their education. Listed below are three examples of data coaching plans created by middle level teachers for working with their students.
Grade 6 Data Coaching Plan
7A PRIME Groups
The 7A Core and Encore Team met to discuss ways to help our students achieve success on the PSSA’s. We created our PRIME groups, which stands for:
R- Review (of)
M- Math (&)
We decided the writing and math teachers would continue to work with subgroups this year.
Prior to beginning our subgroups, we will meet with our students as a team in the Library to explain the PSSA data coaching, subgroup process and Emily will present Naviance for goal setting purposes. At 4th period students will use laptops to document their benchmarks from the first Study Island testing date. They will also load this information, as well as goals, into Naviance. We will use 6th period to finish this work and 7th and 8th periods will be used to do a team building activity to complete the day.
Students will meet with their Homeroom teachers for Data Coaching. Students will be pulled for subgroups on Wednesdays during REACH. They will report to A108 to work with Pete and Kate. The students that are normally in that homeroom will be dispersed to the rest of the Titan Team REACH rooms.
Grade 7 Data Coaching Plan
7B DATA COACHING Groups
Consistently within your REACH, meet with approximately 15 students as needed throughout the year to bring awareness of scores, areas of strength/weaknesses, etc. Teachers will gather he students’ scores and review the information with them as the year progresses.
• Split HR in half between the two HR teachers
• With whole HR group, discuss why we will be meeting and the purpose of the meeting.
• Each teacher will meet with student during REACH before the end of the 1st marking period
• Discuss with student feelings of success, areas of improvement, what PSSAs are and what PSSA mean to them and/or school
• Review with student: 6th grade PSSA scores, Study Island Benchmarks
• Set goals for upcoming month using goal Achievement Monitoring sheet (page 2)
• Teacher will then informally keep in touch with student reminding him/her of goals
• Prior to Benchmarking II Test, meet with student to review goal
• After Benchmarking II Test, meet formally with student again to update goals and discuss areas of strength and concerns
• Continue to informally meet with students throughout 2nd marking period
• For students who are showing little progress/regression, interventions will be made in the form of PSSA prep groups. Prep groups will be based on classroom performance, PSSA results, Study Island benchmarking data and overall performance.
• Intervention groups will begin to meet in January and continue to meet leading up to the PSSA tests.
• For those who do not intervention, continue monitoring and goal setting throughout the course of the school year.
• After PSSAs, teachers will have a post PSSA meeting to review goals and year in general.
Grade 8 Data Coaching Plan
7C Data Plan Evaluate student test scores (PSSA, Study Island). See who is in the basic and below basic range for both reading and math; realizing that attention must also be paid to the proficient and advanced students. Discuss as a team which students we feel would benefit most from additional preparation time based on test scores as well as teacher observation/input. Determine the best way to divide team during REACH beginning in January for small group instruction (PSSA Prep).Plan and integrate whole class PSSA prep activities during instructional times. Determine ways to share student results with students (data coaching) every Tuesday as needed, determined by team and building needs. Teachers will begin data coaching sessions in October (14 students per teacher).Some teachers may have some students chart their progress in graph format. We will have students record data in their planners so that parents may also check student progress.