Analyzes and uses ongoing assessment data to guide instructional planning.

What Effective Teachers Will Do

Effective teachers constantly monitor student learning using a variety of both formative and summative information.  Analyzing and using data from these informal and formal “checks” for learning and understanding enables teachers to make data-based decisions about instruction and take students from where they are to where they need to be.  Using data helps teachers meet individual student needs and is necessary for providing appropriate re-teaching and enrichment.

What Effective Teachers Consider

What should students know and how should they be able to use what they know? How will I assess student performance? How will I use assessment data to improve student performance? Do I use data to identify weak areas in enough time to do something about it?

  • Lessons from the Data Wise Project (Harvard Education Publishing Group, June 1, 2013)
    An article about intentional steps teachers can take to make data work for informing instructional practice and improve learning for their students. Using the ACE habits of mind which stand for Action, Assessment, Adjustment, intentional Collaboration, and a relentless focus on Evidence, teachers can make real improvements in learning.
  • Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making (National Center for Education Evaluation & Regional Assistance, September 2009)
    An article published by NCEE to assist teachers in making data an integral part of their instruction. This also includes practical applications for teachers and potential roadblocks when using data to drive instruction.
  • Data Driven Teachers (University of Minnesota, May 2005)
    An article published by STLI to assist educators to constantly analyze what they do and adjust to get better, so students learning will improve. Data is meaningless if it does not result in meaningful instructional change.
  • Principles of Data-Driven Instruction (McGraw-Hill)
    Article that outlines a process for achieving data-driven instruction to improve student learning.
  • Common Formative Assessments: How to Connect Standards-Based Instruction and Assessment
    (Larry B. Ainsworth and Donald J. Viegut, 2006)
    Chapter 2, A resource that presents a standards-based instruction and assessment system for common formative and summative assessments.
  • Driven by Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction
    (Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, 2010)
    This book offers tips and guidelines about data-based methods and the difficulties surrounding the implementation of data-driven instruction.
  • Data Wise, A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning (Revised and Expanded ed.)
    (Katherine Parker Boudett, 2013)
    This book explains how examining test scores and other classroom data can become a catalyst for important schoolwide conversations that will enhance schools' ablilities to capture teachers' knowledge, foster collaboration, identify obstacles to change, and enhance school culture and climate.
  • Your First Year: How to Survive and Thrive as a New Teacher
    (Todd Whitaker, 2016)
    How to survive and thrive as a new teacher is the basis of this book, including classroom management, building relationships, lesson planning and work/life balance. For best ways to plan lessons see Chapter 6.
  • Better Learning Through Structured Teaching
    (Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey, 2014)
    Tips and tools for classroom implementation of purposefully planned lessons that incorporate four instructional phases: focused instruction, guided instruction, collaborative learning, independent learning.
  • Daily Reflection Guides Instructional Planning (2 min) Davis School Distric
    This video talks about how daily reflection can guide how you plan your instruction throughout the year and for the next year.
  • Making Data-based Decisions (4 min) Davis School District
    Teachers look at data and base decisions on it for instructional planning. Teachers also discuss the data with their students.
  • Using Data to Identify Student Needs (3 min) Davis School District
    This video talks about how teachers identify student needs by looking at assessment data.
  • DataDriven Teaching (5 min) EdTechLeadersOnline, January 13, 2009
    Jan Martin, middle school English language arts teacher, shares her instructional decisions based on information about her students from a variety of data sources.