I like the way it lets me say to teachers, "This is what you were given, and this iswhere they are now.My frustration is tracking which teachers is making what kind of progress, and in what areas.What are the teacher's strengths? What are the teacher's weaknesses? In what area do weneed to support the teacher?This confirmed what I was thinking. Now I have some hard data and I can say to a teacher"what can we do about this together." Before, they could talk their way out of it. The teacherwould say; "it's the kids, they can't learn, you gave me a low group".Before I would have to dig through a 2 inch file to get at what is going on. Now I have adiagnostic that just tells me.I can now say to the teacher: "Here is the test that they took, here are the curriculumframeworks, here are the problems they can do, here is what they can't do, and we need tobuild from here."I think the most important thing this is doing is tracking the kids, drilling in to where they are.The teacher is all over the place, the kids are misbehaving and struggling, now I havesomething that says this is where you need to be with this child, not up here.The grouping data allows me to say this is exactly what you need to cover with these fourkids in the next month because this is what the kids need in order to move forward.The other tests that we have used are not transparent to the testing, so the teacher can notsee what the child was faced with.Wants to see the full text of the Common Core State Standard written out in the reporting.
We are really loving TMP. The simplicity is so refreshing! During the 6th grade session thismorning, as students finished, the classroom teacher was able to bring up items that she hadquesOons about and go over it with the student. It was very powerful for both student andteacher- a huge improvement over
Track my progress has been an amazing learning tool for our students at Orange Center School.The program has helped our students with both technical and academic skills. But themost meaningful result is that our kids are excited about seeing their progress. This instantfeedback when shared with their teachers, motivates them to set new goals and improve their scores.
Being the math specialist for my school, Track My Progress has helped tremendously innarrowing down where not only individual students are struggling but classes as a whole. Ihave been able, for instance, to take note on the fact that a lot of the classes I work withstruggle with base ten and fractions. Using this information I am able to help guide teacherinstruction to help boost those areas for the students.I also love the detail of the data in the reports returned and how you get instant feed back.We took the Track My Progress assessment the first two weeks of September. Since thispoint I have done three major things with the data;First, I have been able to review each students individual report with them and go through thequestions they missed. I noticed for a majority of my students many of the questionsanswered wrong were things they have not yet learned in the school year. For those studentsthat were in the red and yellow I was able to review what they missed and begin tounderstand why they missed it.Secondly, we have used this data to begin creating an after school program to help studentsin both math and reading. We were able to do this my sharing each individual student'sdiagnostic in math and reading with the parents and getting their feedback on whether theirchild would benefit from extra help during school.Lastly, with the data provided and individual reports I can assess which students are high riskand what areas in math are putting them in the red and yellow category.My hope is to see growth throughout the next two testing windows and to continually booststudents confidence. I know just from sitting down with a few 4th graders who saw howmuch they have already grown from 3rd grade in the spring to now put a smile on a lot of faces!
I love the visual nature of it making a statement to the educator and the parent.You have come up with a relatively easy way to track progress a couple of times a yearwithout throwing the school into maelstrom, without spending a lot of time grading tests, andrecording data.We want to be able to sit with a teacher and say, "we are not making progress in this area,what can we do about it?" Or, we want to be able to say, "we are making progress, keep at it."I hope TMP is the solution to our search for a good way to track progress multiple times ayear. I think you are really on to something, for me . . . this is so useable.
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