Applying Data to Instruction
With all of the data available from assessment results, teachers may have information overload. Therefore, it is useful for teachers to understand how to apply the data to instructional strategies. Below are some examples of the ways that teachers use assessment data to inform decisions in the classroom.
- Offer at-a-glance insight into the strengths and weaknesses of student learning. Best paired with other sources of information, such as classwork, additional assessments and communication to frame a complete picture of student understanding.
- Helpful when setting goals with students, monitoring student growth and learning patterns over the course of the year.
- A high SEM highlights how much confidence should be associated with a score. Useful for following up with students to discuss their results after an uncharacteristically low or high performance on an assessment.
- Useful to understand how students in a class are performing relative to their peers, particularly when setting goals with students, creating flexible groupings or evaluating program effectiveness.
MEAN AND MEDIAN
- Provides central points of reference when setting goals with students or reviewing performance of a group, whether a class, grade or larger sample.
- Valuable when comparing and organizing student assessment results to inform instructional groupings or programs.