Using Data to Inform Instruction
In the Greece Central School District, most secondary classrooms are required to give a midterm or benchmark as a common formative assessments (CFA). A CFA is an instrument that is used to inform both the teacher and the student of the student’s progress (DuFour et al., 2010). Using CFA data, teachers are able to determine which students need additional time and instruction and to identify the teaching strategies that proved to be effective.
Mr. Mock and Ms. Ruggeri used the Integrated Algebra midterm that they gave their students to inform their instruction and diagnose what topics they needed to review. Selecting specific “most missed” questions, the co-teaching team used this opportunity to reteach certain topics. Then, students were reassessed using the SMART response clicker software. The SMART software provided a visual data model for students to see. The use of this technology also kept the entire class engaged in their learning. Great job students and teachers!