Rethinking assessment for the new school year

I have enjoyed reading the thought provoking postings over the past few weeks.  As we plan for the start of a new school year, I am working on ways to help teachers see data analysis as part of their everyday instructional planning and not just something that we do in team meetings.  We use data from the ThinkLink assessments to plan grade level instruction based on areas of need, and that has been a tremendous help for our teachers and students.  Some of the teams are using data from practice probes to design differentiated instruction for groups of students.  I am looking for ways to encourage all teachers to make better use of the available data on a regular basis, so any suggestions would be welcome.

Laurie

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  1. Lynn Burdick

    Hello, Laurie!

    I have been teaching at a summer teacher institute this week, and I did a lot of research for my presentation. Our topics were Assessment, Differentiation, and Strategies for Literacy Instruction, across content areas. I ran across a book that I LOVED called Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age (http://www.cast.org/teachingeverystudent/ideas/tes/). It is available online or you can order it. Although it does not directly address the issue of “ThinkLink driven instruction”, my slant has been that if you take the ThinkLink data and determine what it is you need to teach, then you can use these strategies designed to meet the needs of ALL learners and use those (including the resources identified by ThinkLink) to address the needs of all learners. The idea of “Universal Design for Learning” says that the supports you give to those with special needs, are of value to all learners.

    It is fascinating reading. I am a sick individual, I know, but I took it to the beach for leisure reading!!! I just love the combination of data-driven instruction and Universal Design for Learning. If you get a chance to look at it, would you let me know?

    Lynn Burdick

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