One of our school goals is to raise student reading and writing literacy levels in our junior school by the time they get to the end of year 10. As a department, we have developed some good strategies to engage students in their learning but on reflection, we identified the need to find more effective ways to support our junior students better.
One of the aspects that we use to know our learners is data. Students are tested at the start of the year and again at the end and between both tests, we try our best to shift student achievement. But just knowing the results of their tests is not enough as it limits the depth of the support that we could offer to each student who have different learning needs. To understand how to interpret the data better and use if more effectively, I asked Mele Suipi-Latu if she could take my department through some PLD to share her learnings and research with us in order to better understand what data is important to know, what it means and how to create some actionable steps.
Below is the recording of our PLD and the powerpoint used for the presentation.
As a department we will sit down with the data and brainstorm ways we can utilise it better in our planning for teaching. Our goal is to ensure we design differentiated tasks to suit the learners but also challenge them to shift in their achievement. Watch this space!