Use Assessment to Improve Student Achievement
The performance of any student will be determined by how they respond to challenges and opportunities they encounter, every day. Visualization of accomplishments is only one piece of this puzzle. When it comes to school performance, finding a way to measure learning success is essential to good management and effective interventions.
A part of measuring can be what can be called assessment activity. In other words, assessment should be a high impact activity that can ultimately impact student achievement. How does assessment impact student learning?
Assessment provides data that may lead to academic and behavioral improvement as well as improve students’ overall learning. When properly analyzed and implemented, assessment activities can also provide an indicator of learning challenges so that they can be addressed immediately to achieve better student achievement.
Emphasize longitudinal learning
Identifying student-driven assessment activities to increase student learning is a key piece to improving student achievement. The longer these assessments and related interventions take to develop, the more impact they will have on student learning. This is because that monitoring and analysis of assessments helps inform future coaching activities designed to support and enhance learning across the student’s entire academic career.
My employer, MindShift™, provides performance improvement consulting services to many high quality school districts and charter schools. However, I have found that the greatest need I encounter is for business leaders and school administrators to start tracking indicators of student learning in their schools. Assessments like the state aligned STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) assessments, Common Core and the report cards are popular ways to measure student learning and how it has or has not progressed. It can also be used in conjunction with class projects to give insight into how the process of learning has developed across the student’s academic career.
In addition to the STARs and the Common Core, local school districts can use performance capture devices to measure student engagement, assessment at the classroom level, and supplemental evaluations at grade level and above.
The collection of these metrics can be used to produce reports that give the business leader an accurate and accurate representation of student learning and student achievement. It’s a powerful tool when used in concert with the type of intervention strategies mentioned above to help deliver instruction, assist in meeting student academic goals, and facilitate positive reinforcement for ongoing improvement.
Once implemented in a school or district, monitoring and reviewing these measurement metrics allow principals, teachers, and other decision makers to identify opportunities to help students, “change what we learn, and teach it.” It’s a powerful tool to help strengthen teacher and student relationships that allow for better learning across the student’s entire academic career.