Down and Dirty Data Analysis

This was originally posted at Creating Lifelong Learners– one of the great blogs that I follow.  I have copied it here verbatim because I think it is an easy way to think about data.

When you enter your DRA2 data on the reporting sheet, each column can be sorted low to high, which would be an easy way to find out if you have any “teacher problems” in that data set.

Green is good.  Red is bad.

Here’s what they taught me in “coaching college” about how to read data.

Reading vertically indicates the teacher’s problem.  Reading horizontally indicates a student’s problem.

So, Harpo needs some additional help in all language arts areas.  However, in the vocabulary category, it appears that the teacher needs to examine his/her own instruction as its not succeeding for most of the students.  There’s all kinds of reasons why the teacher could say the students aren’t succeeding and there is validity to all of them…no help at home, trouble learning the language, poorly designed tests, a bad day in class.  This class in particular I hear is a bunch of class clowns.  However, the fact remains that the teacher’s vocabulary instruction with this group of students is not working and if he/she wants better results he/she must try something different.

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