Using Diagnostic Data


Analyzing data and planning next steps for instruction are important steps in meeting your students where they are. Recognizing growth, progress toward goals, and areas for improvement closes gaps and increases student achievement.

To use Diagnostic Data:

For more information, review the additional tips and tools outlined below. Download this Kit: Use Data to Plan Instruction for a printer-friendly version.

In a hurry? Here are three key resources to help you get started:

Schedule Time

Dedicating time to review data strengthens analysis and enhances understanding of next steps for students. Make sure you carve out time to look at, analyze, and discuss data. If you are a coach or a leader, make sure your team has time to analyze data and plan.

Analyze, Plan, and Collaborate

Review student growth using the Diagnostic Growth reports. Frame analysis around questions so you can make meaning of the data and determine actionable next steps. Leaders should evaluate the school’s progress toward goals and make programmatic and instructional adjustments as necessary. Use the following resources to analyze and collaborate:

Work with other educators in your school and/or district to make meaning of data:

Share Results

Sharing data with students and families is a crucial part of engaging students in their learning. By facilitating data chats, students can celebrate growth, set learning goals, and plan next steps with you. Leaders can discuss data with teachers and other school leaders to celebrate bright spots, identify areas for growth, and plan next steps.

Celebrate Student Growth

Celebrate growth individually with students, as a class, and as a school. It is important to recognize effort and progress toward goals. Use these resources:

Plan Instruction

Plan how to use the new data to drive instruction. Teachers should review schedules and plans for small group, teacher-led instruction. Also, teachers and leaders should review Online Instruction schedules and make modifications if necessary. Use this resource:

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