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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Are you Data Driven?

Over the past several weeks we have been pre-assessing, assessing, and re-assessing.  After evaluating your students, what do you do with all the data?  Here is a link to our Data, Data, Data post.
Tracking data and data analysis is the key to knowing if our students really "got it".  I post my data graphs on the clothesline near my windows.  This allows me to change them frequently.  My students also have Data Notebooks.  Here is sample of the yearly goals posted in my classroom with quarterly benchmarks. (warning:  when you download the benchmarks, they are NOT in order.  For some reason, when I created them, I didn't put them in order.  Look the the bottom for the correct quarter.)

My colleague, Stephany, has the data notebook featured above in her TpT store.  Click here to link directly to her product.  She creates data notebooks for her students too.  Her first graders do an amazing job at recording and tracking progress.  After having data notebooks in kindergarten, her first graders are already familiar with their purpose.  Stephany and I both use data in parent-teacher conferences and for progress monitoring.

These are a few pictures from this year and last year.  We post our data in our classrooms.  Students watch the graphs and track their own progress.

Endless Possibilities,
Stephanie and Stephany


  1. we do a sight word goal in kinder and we have a visual GOAL board for this, but I do love your notebooks as well - will have to try to incorporate something like this soon - thanks!!

    ~ Kimberlee ~

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  2. Thank you for your comment!! It is nice to see other districts are incorporating data. They serve their purpose in all grade levels. Stephanie

  3. These are awesome visual resources! I teach 3rd and we are constantly talking about goal setting with our students. Thanks so much for these photos & ideas!

  4. I've never done visual goals like this. I'd be interested in doing this, but how do your kiddos feel about it? As I'm looking back at your post, maybe you don't list names on the bulletin board. I guess I'm afraid / concerned about embarrassing a student.

  5. Oh no... They are WHOLE CLASS goals. The individual growth is done in data notebooks. They each have their own. If a low student progresses from counting to 4 to counting to 7, WE CELEBRATE!!! Small steps is also MAKING PROGRESS.... Great question!! Stephanie

  6. These goal charts are a great idea! I am going to do this for my Pre-K kids!

  7. WOW! I love these goals and charts! I need to get busy on mine for this year. We have some new requirements from admin to display our data and track our students in a way they can understand. Lots of work to do, but this is a great inspiration!

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