Over the last few weeks, I shared these two resources: the Classroom Observation Tracker and the Student Data Tracking by State Standards. These two new resources have become viral which is why I’m here today to lend a hand and share how to coordinate the two resources together and show you a glimpse inside the files.
Student Data Tracking by State Standards
I know the power of using data to make decisions. Over my years as a school leader, I have always said, “Data remains data until you act upon it in intentional ways.” We can all agree that teachers have hundreds of state standards to cover every year. We can also agree that some standards carry heavier weight and are critical for success not only for the student in the current grade but across multiple subjects throughout their educational journey. These become priority standards and essential that we focus on mastery of these standards. How can we as educators monitor student success with these essential standards?
Therefore, the Standard by Standard Tracker was born. The tracker is universal for all subjects, all states, and all grade levels. It is 100% editable. The tracker allows us as educators to place our focus on the areas of instruction where the students need it the most. It also gives teachers, and administrators the tools they need to adapt their instructional techniques to best meet the student’s needs.
The Standard by Standard Tracker allows you to customize the standards you are tracking by entering it in the Student Expectation (SE) area. The Strand Name means the overarching category with which that Student Expectation is associated. For example, for math, it might be Geometry and Measurement. For Reading, it might be Author’s Purpose and Craft.
The Tracker Dashboard
The tracker helps you see the overall strands in real-time by 3 categories: grade level, subject, or by teacher. You decide how you are tracking it by one of the 3 categories and then label your dashboard appropriately.
Once you have the categories set up do not change any other areas of the dashboard. The charts will all update all at once. From this point forward, the tabbed sections are the only sections needing to be updated as students are introduced to these standards during class or WIN Time.
The Next Step
After tracking the data, changing instruction to guarantee mastery of the standards, and designing WIN Time based on student data, the final step is to set student goals. As students set their goals, they become active participants in their own learning. In addition, it boosts their self-confidence, gives focus and purpose, and provides a clear path to success.
Classroom Monitoring: Observation Tracker
As I mentioned at the beginning, the Classroom Observation Tracker has been available for only a few weeks and the feedback has been nothing but fantastic. This tracker allows you to track which classrooms you have visited and when you visited them. All too often, we find ourselves visiting the same classrooms and missing others. This is not intentional, but it happens to the best of us.
The Classroom Observation Tracker is 100% editable and can be used year after year. It is also universal for any state, school, or grade level.
I wish you all a wonderful school year and continued student success!