ELL Elementary

Theme - Monitoring: Compilation, Analysis, and Use of Data

Promising Practices

  • Multiple measures to monitor student performance
  • Technology to systematize data collection and promote communication
  • Communication among stake-holders around student performance data

In Odds-Beating Schools:

Educators in the odds-beating schools in this study all reported using benchmark data and formative assessments to inform classroom instruction. Response to Intervention (RTI) processes, heterogeneous and homogeneous classroom grouping, and Academic Intervention Services (AIS) were determined more by "real-time data" than high stakes tests (e.g., New York's NYSESLAT or annual ELA and Mathematics Assessments). They use writing portfolios, quarterly reading and math benchmark assessments, daily exit tickets and homework assignments, chapter and unit test data, DIBELs, running records, and reading inventories and analyze them in combination to determine ELL students' growth and progress.

Communicating within the school and across the district as well as with families is aided by data management software packages that help educators systematically collect and analyze data so that all teachers are on the same page.  

Through technology and the collection of multiple measures of student performance, educators in odds-beating schools are able to talk about ELLs' progress in specific ways. In multiple schools, professional learning communities are devoted to data analysis. Grade-level teachers share student performance data to determine the pace of the curriculum and interventions needed for some students.   

Selected Evidence:

In Fostertown, multiple measures of student performance are collected and color coded according to the level of intervention needed. Teachers and principals meet to analyze student performance data and develop action plans to intervene accordingly.

Guilderland and Blue Creek Elementary use software to disseminate information to parents and to make sure that all teachers and administrators have access to student data. For example, Blue Creek's Parent Portal allows parents to access their children's performance data and other records.

In order to communication with parents, Guilderland Elementary provides language-focused progress reports to the parents of ELL students.