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[t]How Can I Use My Standards-Based Grading Data to Plan My Class?

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Q: How do I use my Standards-Based Grading Data to Plan My Class?

A: There are 4 different views in your Standards-Based Gradebook that show you helpful data for planning your next lesson.

Mastery View

Mastery view is the default view and the one you will look at most often.  It shows you the student's current level of mastery in each standard.  Use this view to see what standards students are struggling with.  Scores in the red may need more attention.  

You can also group students based on their mastery of a standard.  You can give students with beginning understanding one activity while letting those with a firmer grasp move on to more complicated things.  OR, you can group students with different strengths together to help each other.  By teaching each other they can further solidify their own mastery as they learn to explain their understanding to others.

Recency View

Recency view shows you how recently you've assessed each student in each standard.  The darker the blue, the more recently you've assessed it.  The numbers in the cell indicate the most recent date on which that standard was assessed.  

Light colored standards may need attention.  If you haven't assessed something in a long time, your data might not be that accurate as students might need to review the concepts.

 

Frequency

Frequency view shows you how many times you've assessed each student in each standard.  The darker the blue, the more times you've assessed it.  The numbers in the cell indicate the number of times that standard has been assessed.  

Light colored standards may need attention.  If you haven't assessed something many times, your data might not be that accurate.  Since no assessment is perfect, one assessment doesn't often tell the whole story.  Furthermore, student's comfort with a concept will evolve over time, so it's important to assess those skills multiple times throughout the course.

 

Improvement View

The Improvement View shows you the trend a student is on.  The darker green the cell is, the more marked is that student's improvement from one assessment to the next.  The darker red the cell is, the more marked is that student's decrease in scores from one assessment to the next.

A dark red score might indicate that a student is suddenly having some difficulties, that one of the assessments wasn't good (either because it indicated they had a higher understanding than they did on the first, or because it indicated they have a low understanding on the second), or that some additional layers of complexity are throwing students off.

 

Sort Data in Any View

No matter which of those 4 views you are looking at, you can sort the data to help you make decisions more quickly

 Sort on a Column

Click on a column heading to sort students according to that standard.  In the Mastery View, that means students will be listed in order from the lowest level of understanding to the highest level.  In the Recency View, that means students will be listed in order from the least recently assessed to the most recently assessed, and so on.

Notice in this image that the students are listed in order of their understanding of standard WH.04 Cultural Continuity.  To return to alphabetical order, the teacher can simply hit the "x" on filtered view to get rid of that particular sort criteria.

 

Sort on a Row

Hover over a row and click the down arrow, then chose "Sort on this Row."  All the standards will be reordered for that student.  In the Mastery View that means standards will be in order of lowest level of mastery to highest level of mastery for that student.  In the Frequency View that means that the standards will be in order of least times assessed to most times assessed for that student.  

You can also sort on the class average row.

In this image, the teacher sorted on the Class Average row in the Recency View.  Now you can quickly see which standard was assessed the longest time ago.  You might want to include some review on it in tomorrow's class.

More Resources:

How can I associate standards with Assignments, Assessments, Discussions, etc.?

How do I create a Standards-Based Gradebook for My Class?

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