Last August, we were a little perplexed on how exactly we should tackle this project! After all, the grade level teams had goals in the areas of reading and math... it had been YEARS since any of us had worked with a writing goal.
It's May now (see ***** NOTE below!), and I am happy to report that we figured it out! I have to give Penny, my coworker who works with kindergarten and first grade ELLs credit for our tracking form. She devised a really creative way to track the students' writing progress through the year. I thought I'd share it in case any of you could borrow the idea for your own data tracking next year!
We used those colored circle stickers to track our students' progress in the quarterly assessments! Take Carlos for example- the student who probably made the most progress this year... on his pretest assessment in August he scored a Level 1 (he didn't understand the directions and wrote in Spanish- I wasn't too concerned since it was a pretest). Do you see his name on a red dot? On the assessment at the end of the first quarter (blue), he jumped all the way to a 5! His second quarter assessment he got a bit off-topic and slipped down to a score of 3 (green). At the end of the third quarter, he scored a 7 (pink). Finally, at the end of the year, he scored a 9 on his final third grade writing assessment (yellow). (He exited ESL, by the way.)
As you can see, my students were all at Level 1, 2, or 3 in August, as indicated by the red dots. However, check out those yellow dots! Yellow indicates their scores on the final writing assessment! Look at that growth! The dots show other interesting things, too. You can probably imagine how worried I was at the end of the semester when Maria was still performing at Level 1. However, she showed some progress in the second semester.
These pages went into our data wall binder (a requirement in our distict).
Each student had an individual folder, as well, where we kept their assessments. This photo shows Carlos' August and May assessments side-by-side. (If you open these pages at the middle, you would see his three middle-of-the-year assessments.)
The front cover of the folder displayed a graph that showed the student's progress.
Hey fellow bloggers! Have you ever had a post that you never quite finished, and it just sat there in your draft folder for a looooooooooooong time?? (Please tell me I'm not the only one!!!) Well, this post was in that state since last May! I keep looking at it, wondering what I should do with it. I finally decided to finish it up and link up with Angela's Throwback Thursday linky party!