Applying these six steps enables school teams to use data to target re-teaching, implement enrichments and interventions where needed, and plan for instructional improvement in the next unit.
In these steps, team members:
Step 1 (The Orientation Step): Describe the assessments under consideration and define the terms used in the data reports.
Step 2 (The Question Step): Identify the questions to answer in the dialogue.
Step 3 (The Patterns Step): Identify the major patterns of students" strengths and needs at the class level.
Step 4 (The Action Step): Identify the instructional factors that might have contributed to the patterns of student weaknesses. Determine the steps to be taken to address the patterns of need and when and how re-assessment will occur.
Step 5 (The Differentiation Step): Name the students who excelled and those who still need additional assistance. Identify, implement, and evaluate in-class enrichments and interventions.
Step 6 (The Future Step): Identify, implement, and evaluate one or two improvements in future instruction.