How do you effectively goal-set and measure progress with K-2 students? It can be very difficult for them to see a number each fall, winter and spring and translate that into meaningful progress. Enter the Goal-Setting Graphs. Easy enough to do in small groups, these graphs only require a crayon to fill in student percentile growth. Then watch children's eyes light up as they see their scores go up (or, have meaningful conversations if the bars on the graph get shorter).
To make it easy for kindergarteners and first graders, I usually took a look at their scores and drew a box around the area they should shade in with their favorite color crayon. This made my small group time go much faster and left room for fewer errors. With second graders, I found that they were able to fill the graphs in on their own with just a bit of feedback from me.
There is a Year's Growth column at the end of the graph. What I do there is mark off where they started in fall and where they ended in spring. Then they color between those two lines. It shows how much they've grown. For our struggling students, it can be so empowering to see that even though their graphs may not be as high as they'd like them to be, they still grew a LOT!
As a bonus, the back page is an easy reflection for kids to fill out on what they are planning to do over the summer to maintain their gains. There is also a space for them to write what they'd like to celebrate about their year in class (can be academic or nonacademic). Sharing the celebrations section is a nice way to end the year and the testing season.