Determining student progress is a process in which teachers gather evidence to evaluate how students are progressing on the continuum of their annual learning goals. Planning ways to gather evidence of student learning is vital to determining the effectiveness of past instruction and a teacher’s ability to modify upcoming lessons that better support student needs. Teachers should use formative and summative progress checks to help ensure they are creating and delivering lessons that lead students toward mastery and ultimately meet their annual learning goals.
As teachers collect data on student performance, it is useful to organize that information for easy analysis. Tracking student progress is not an end in itself, but a means of monitoring and promoting positive student outcomes. It propels student academic growth by helping the teacher accurately identify students’ strengths and areas for development, make more strategic decisions about future lessons, and plan for differentiated instruction that leads to student mastery.
How will I know if students are progressing toward their goals?