After schools have identified the student data they need to collect to monitor progress, they will find it useful to create a data collection template (a table, grid, database, or spreadsheet) for staff to use in recording the data results. The template should include the indicator-level data being collected by which content and grade level teachers, how frequently the monitoring should take place and how the data should be recorded. Once the school decides what indicators will be assessed and in what content area, the school can decide how they want the data recorded and submitted. The school will want to collect individual student data as well as classroom data. When collecting individual student data, it is important to collect as much diagnostic data as possible so that staff can make appropriate instructional decisions from the data.
It is worth noting that in addition to the student performance data being collected to monitor school improvement goals, teachers also need some tools to collect student performance data on all the indicators they are responsible for teaching. In a perfectly aligned system, this would replace a teacher's grade book which is also a data collection tool though rarely aligned with the content standard indicators.
Create Monitoring Templates
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