The daily decisions teachers are making must be well informed with quantitative data.
Teachers need a system for easily assessing students and capturing data to gain insights into gaps in learning and next steps for instruction. With support in delivering assessments, collecting data, and grouping data into reports, teachers can spend more time considering alignment, differentiation, and implementation of instruction that caters to individual needs. Students benefit because teachers can deliver more purposeful instruction without exhausting their time and energy. The benefits extend even further beyond the individual classroom; the data collected aids schools and districts with reporting of performance and growth using concrete data. With this information, larger scale processes and routines can be evaluated and continually improved upon to support the shared goal of helping students along their learning journey.
How can teachers make daily decisions based on this quantitative data? Sadlier’s Full Access provides teachers with the data-informed instruction they need to meet each student’s needs.
Full Access is a comprehensive system for assessing and addressing student learning needs. Full Access outlines an ongoing process that provides the necessary resources for teachers to support their students in continuing their individual learning path: Assess, Capture Data, Analyze Data, Create an Action Plan, and Teach. Full Access includes:
A variety of reports based on students’ performance on program assessment outcomes
Student Proficiency reports for students to support teachers with creating learning groups.
Skills Proficiency Reports for individual students and the whole class to support reteaching opportunities.
Recommended Resources Reports to help teachers create an action plan.
Here are why those inclusions are so critical.
Assess and Capture
Assessment is an ongoing process used to guide teachers’ and students’ actions. Full Access uses 2 types of program assessments:
Data is captured by the results of both types of assessments and then is organized into multiple different types of reports.
Once data is captured, it is only useful if it is easily accessible, interpretable, and usable (Maxwell, 2021). Full Access features 4 different reports that allow teachers to easily access and understand their students' results.
The four reports offered include:
When a report is created it will include assessment scores as well as recommended resources such that a teacher can easily identify and assign activities directly from the report.
Snapshots captured by the reports can be detailed for a single student or generalized for a whole class. The diversity of the reports allows for various comparisons including an individual to themself, an individual to peers within the school, and an individual to normed standards. As a result, the reports can meet the needs of teachers, administrators, and district level leadership.
Plan and Implement
The final two steps in the data-informed instructional cycle involve teachers reviewing the data and creating a plan. The Learning Group Report identifies students with similar learning needs, details the necessary instruction, and therefore enables a teacher to easily manage multiple groups. This report is offered in two views, list and graph, to allow teachers to easily make action plans for individuals, small groups, and/or the whole class as needed.
With the Recommended Resources Report, teachers are given ideas for how to support students with specific learning objectives through independent assignments and/or synchronous instruction.
High expectations pull teachers in all different directions; teachers must attend to the alignment of learning goals, instruction, and assessments, differentiation of instruction to meet students' individual needs, and selection of evidence-based resources to implement. Beyond these newer focuses, it is essential for teachers to learn how to and continue to use data to drive decision making and inform their instruction. Full Access supports teachers in engaging with all three pivotal components of purposeful decision making: problem identification, solution generation, and implementation (Maxwell, 2021).
Give Data-Informed Instruction a Test Run!
Would you like to try a unique solution to assess and address learning gaps for your math students in grades 1–8? Support individual student success with data-driven instruction using the Sadlier Math Full Access Bundle or the Progress in Mathematics Full Access Bundle.
Maxwell, G. S. (2021). Using Data to Improve Student Learning. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-63539-8