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Examining Student Work to Inform Instruction

How do we know what students know and still need to learn?

Examining classroom work to understand what students know and still need to learn provides the information necessary to knowing where to go next instructionally.

This workshop engages school teams in an examining student work protocol that requires teams to reach consensus on what proficient performance looks like on a specific assignment or assessment, to diagnose student performance against that criteria, and then to brainstorm instructional strategies to improve the student's performance. Teams will also discuss how best to capture the diagnostic data from an examination of student work in their data warehouse.

Focus Questions

  • How do we examine student work?
  • What diagnostic information should classroom assessments provide?
  • How do we reach consensus about what proficient work looks like?
  • How do we structure time and set expectations that teams regularly examine student work?
  • How do we monitor that teams are regularly examining student work and using the data to inform their instruction?
  • What diagnostic data should be included in the data warehouse?
  • When do we score versus when do we diagnose student work?

Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, school leaders will be able to

  • Lead an examining student work protocol
  • Facilitate the discussion about what proficient work looks like
  • Recognize the importance of regularly asking teams to reach consensus on proficiency
  • Discuss what diagnostic data should be included in their data warehouse
  • Identify a game plan to regularly examine student work and use the information to inform instruction