This kit, aligned to NWEA's MAP test, is perfect following winter or spring rounds of standardized testing. Students line plot the class' data (no names attached) to see how many students went up or down & by how many points. What an eye opener for students! You mean that students who got the same instruction as I did grew 11 points?! What did they do differently than I did? These and other questions will be answered in this revealing reflection. You can do it whole-class or students can graph the class's data individually. Teachers who have used it at my building appreciated the discussion that followed. It really seemed to get students re-focused on why they're in class. There is one for math and another for reading in this set.
It gives students a chance to reflect on how they did compared to the growth the rest of the class demonstrated and allows them to set new goals for the future. I came up with this following a coaching session with a teacher who noticed that some of her students made TREMENDOUS growth while others went down a few points. Her instruction had stayed consistent, so what other factors could've contributed to the fluctuation? This is the question students will answer following plotting the class' data (no names attached so no privacy concerns are breached). You can do it whole-class or have each student complete their own. It's a great motivator for intermediate grade students who haven't given their all.