This data sheet was created for 2 reasons. First, I needed a way to be sure that my students were able to understand their test data. The second reason I created this product was so that my students could take ownership over their data. We all know that our students are MORE than their test scores. This was a way to prove that to my students. My students were able to use these to keep track of their scores and set their goals with practical steps to achieving them. When they did this, many students would say, “I really do know this certain material, so then I need to work on this other material.” Showing kids their areas of strength raises their self-confidence levels, and allowing them to help identify their weaknesses gives each child his or her own starting point for improving themselves.
In my classroom, each child received the first sheet within the first week of school. We folded it in half (words inside) and glued it into our Interactive Notebooks. Students could also place them in their binders, etc. My students wrote the school year at the top, and then filled in their score from last year’s state test. For students who did not have a state test score, we used their grade average for the subject area. I had students then write down the strengths and weaknesses they felt from the previous year. This was great for allowing the students to really reflect. In the second row, students set a goal 5% higher than their score from the previous year and set tangible steps toward that goal. I always do a lesson on goal setting that first week of school while I’m teaching rules and procedures, so students will have already had practice with that. We always say that goals should be S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic, and Time Bound).
After our first month, we go back to this sheet in our notebook and check whether or not we met our first goal, and discuss with our accountability partners the things we did well and the things we need to improve. Our state also uses colors (Blue, green, yellow and red) to indicate proficiency level. I usually have the students lightly shade in their first month boxes in the color that corresponds to their current level. Next, we set goals for month number 2 in the same way we set goals for the first month. We just washed, rinsed, and repeated this process throughout the year.
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART about these data reflection sheets is the reflection. It is imperative that you make sure that your students are really thinking about their data and the steps they can take to improve. I met with each partner group once a month about data. I usually pulled the pair aside during independent work for about five minutes to discuss their data. My students KNOW their test scores, but they also know where they shine and where they struggle. Our accountability partner groups met whenever we worked on these data sheets. Often, I used these partner groups for any sort of reflective activity or critical thinking activity. I assigned these after a couple of weeks of school, once I could tell who was comfortable with whom. For these partners, you want students who get along, but that will take the activity seriously together. There are always a couple of groups who will need more guidance, but with a strong classroom community, the students almost always step up as leaders.
With this dpwnload, you will receive 4 data sheets for the entire school year and the implementation suggestions (as shown above). If there are things you would like me to add, please feel free to email or message me. If you have any other questions or requests, please send me an email or message.