Interpret

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  • Interpreting the information from assessment should not be a challenge in itself. If we commit the time to choose an assessment with a purpose that matches our information needs and has clearly articulated targets, then we also need to make sure the results are practical and actionable.

  • Educators need to be able to make meaning of the results so that they can quickly adjust instructional strategies. Use the interactive sample report to see how measurement terms are likely to appear – and what the different terms mean.

  • A single piece of information about a student could be influenced by a variety of factors. Using multiple measures helps minimize the risk of putting too much weight on any one piece of information. Data triangulation in education is the process of using at least three data points to inform education decision making.

  • It can be challenging to manage data from multiple sources—let alone make sense of it. A few key principles of good data management practices can help guide you and simplify the process.

  • Joining forces with colleagues to share and interpret assessment results is a great way to enhance our understanding of students’ learning needs. Two effective ways to facilitate this kind of collaboration are by participating in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and creating data walls.