DATA! Our students keep Data Notebooks, our teachers keep Data Notebooks, our classrooms have Data Walls, our school has a Data Wall.
Data, data, data.
You love it or hate it, but either way you’re stuck with it.
We have to pay attention to data! Without it, do we really know what the kids are learning? I know we’ve all taught a unit that the kids just really seemed to nail. They can answer every question in class. They have great discussion. Then we give the unit test, and bam! They completely bomb the test. Should this have ever been a surprise. Not if we are already tracking data and giving the right assessments along the way.
Tracking data helps us:
- monitor student progress
- easily identify remediation needs
- support students as they take ownership over their learning
If I am not monitoring data I know I will end up looking pretty clueless at our MTSS meetings.
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So how do I get my data?
ASSESSING! obviously. But there are a few types of assessments I use. I wanted to share this easy peasy resource book from Carson Dellosa that includes FOUR types of assessments ALL aligned to state standards! Does it get any better?! No. The answer is no!
Let’s Take peek inside
I want to show you what my team will be using this year for assessing Math and Language Arts. These are the nifty new resource books from Carson Dellosa. They are part of the Data Tracking series and I love them because they are absolutely no-prep other than making the copies! (and if you are like me you like to just hit PRINT and there’s an E-Book for that!)
Each of these books comes with 4 types of assessing each strand we cover in 2nd grade. (they are available for grades K-5) I make a lot of things for my class, but I typically avoid making the assessments because I want to be completely impartial. If I make the tests, I would, even unknowingly, make it fit exactly what I have taught. Probably even worded the same way. That’s now how the state or anyone else will assess my class. I have purchased assessments on TpT as well, but I have never been 100% satisfied with them.
What I like about the Instant Assessment books is that there are a variety of ways to assess. Below is a peek at each type of ELA assessment.
Whether I use exit tickets, pre and post tests, short answer tests, multiple choice tests, or one-on-one tests; they are all here! The pretest and posttest for each unit are set up the same way, but have different content so I can actually compare apples to apples instead of apples to oranges so to speak.
So what do these books cover? The table of contents is pictured on the website. Carson-Dellosa does a great job at showing you what you are getting. Here’s a peek at my Language Arts table of contents. You can see how it is set up by strand. Check out the Math Assessments here!
These books make things look a little less daunting don’t they? You can actually get both the Math and LA assessments PLUS their Classroom Data Tracking resource book for less than $25 on Amazon!
Do you have a favorite assessment resource? I’d love to know!
Carson Dellosa provided me these resources free of charge in exchange for an honest review. As a Carson-Dellosa Ambassador I review resources for constant improvement and feedback for the company.