Assessments are a way to find out what students know. It is important for teachers to use the data
from these assessments to enhance classroom instruction and improve student learning. Here are 5 things that effective teachers traditionally do after an assessment has been given.
Record and Assess the Data.
Communicate the Assessment Results with the Student’s Parents.
- Pre-written assessment notes with fill in the blank spaces for individual assessment results are
often used to save teachers time! Make sure that these results remain private. Place the notes into individual student folders or staple closed with the students name on the outside. With ESGI, teachers save time with personalized parent letters that are created from the collected data. Click here to find out more about this time-saving parent connection!
- Call parents to discuss assessment results. Admittedly this takes more teacher time, but really helps make a personal connection with the family. This method can be benefit or to highlight children who performed beyond expectations, have shown significant growth in an area, or need improvement.
- Scheduling and having an in-person conference to discuss assessment results. This is often necessary if the results are significantly lower than expected. Teachers and parents can discuss home activities and in-class interventions to be used during this conference. Keep in mind that not all parents can come in during school hours due to work and transportation challenges.
Plan for Individualized Instruction Based on the Assessment Results.
Implement Additional Instruction to Enrich or Remediate.
Re-Assess After a Given Period of Time and Repeat Numbers 1-4.
Amanda Boyarshinov is an Early Childhood National Board Certified master teacher of Reading
Education K-12 and one of the bloggers behind the parenting and education site: The Educators’ Spin On It. She has worked as a teacher in diverse classrooms and has experience with English Language Learners. She enjoys inspiring other parents and teachers worldwide through her creative, inventive writing. Her writing has been published in Parents Magazine, Sylvan Source, and Nat Geo online.
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