In my district students complete 4 benchmarks throughout the year to help us, the teachers, determine areas of strength and weakness. The data helps us tremendously, but it only helps if students are actually doing their best work on these exams.
I rely on this data to help me plan effectively for my classroom, but I believe wholeheartedly in student growth rather than excellence. I encourage my students to set a goal so they can be stronger readers and writers. This tool helps to do just that while creating a sense of "buy-in" to take the benchmark or checkpoint test seriously.
It is set-up for ELA, however it can work for any content area.
This resource is a completely editable PowerPoint document. It includes:
-Suggested Use Page
-Goal & Growth Chart (filled-in as an example)
-Goal & Growth Chart (blank)
The Goal & Growth Chart is set-up two per page so that they can fit in a literature notebook and save trees!