Using Data to Guide Instruction
Abstract: To better use data at Cedar Rapids Community Schools, the district began using a process to analyze in-process/formative data to identify learner needs and inform instruction. The process is adapted from the Analyzing Student Work Template from the New Teacher Center at the University of California-Santa Cruz. Since piloting the process in select elementary schools in 2008 and moving to full implementation in all elementary schools in 2009, the district has seen tremendous growth. In 2011, third, fourth and fifth graders have made at least a year-and-a-half growth, according to a district data analysis using the National Grade Equivalency with the state's Iowa Test of Basic Skills for grades K-8.
Keywords: Continuous Improvement - Primary and Secondary Education Brief