Measuring student success is a vital course-of-action for educators. It is imperative that teachers can receive data for classroom test averages as well as individual scores in order to assess the needs of the students.
Let’s talk about why. First off, this information allows teachers to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the entire classroom as well as the individual students. With this, teachers can then adjust their teaching methods to accommodate the needs of the class. By modifying their lesson plans, they can observe and see if the level of student achievement rises.
This allows teachers to formulate directed lesson plans, individualized assignments, and performance tests. Not only will this help the students successfully learn and grow, but it will also improve their standardized testing scores.
Teachers may also form student work groups based upon strengths and weaknesses, encouraging students to work together and overcome challenges.
This information may even be shared with students in the form of statistics or graphs. By allowing them to individually see their own progress, students are likely to feel more motivated and determined to improve areas of weakness. In fact, the practice of having students track their own progress was associated with a 32% point gain in their achievement.
These statistics are extremely important in helping students succeed, and we can see a clear need for teachers to have this information available. However, sorting and compiling this information by hand can be incredibly tedious and time consuming. We know teachers already spend more than 40 hours a week on schoolwork as it is, so this task may seem daunting.
It doesn’t have to be! Apperson offers item analysis forms, which offer the transparency needed for formative testing. These forms will provide you with the information you need, such as subjects that need to be discussed again, poorly worded questions, and quantitative analysis by question and class averages.
These item analysis forms read quickly through a scanner and will tell you how many students missed each question and which topics need to be re-taught. To check it out for yourself, click here!
For even more in-depth knowledge, Apperson has free DataLink Connect software with all our DataLink scanners. This software provides you with KR20, Point Biserial, Item Analysis, Class Roster, Student Proficiency, Class Proficiency, Non-Proficient Students by Group or Standard, and more!
If you already have a system in place and it’s working well for you, share with us below! The important thing is that you have access to this information and are able to utilize it to improve success in your classroom.