Collecting and analyzing student data doesn’t have to be burdensome.  Using the right data-tracking tools, teachers can efficiently use student data to guide instruction.  Check out some different ways you can easily track student data.


Google Forms – If you are into technology as a means for data collection, Google Forms may be beneficial to you.  This survey tool can gather student data for you in a Google spreadsheet.  Try these tips on using Google Forms for formative assessment checklists.


Data Folders for Students  – I ask my students to graph their own progress on weekly assessments and quizzes.  Tracking their own data gives students ownership over their accomplishments or struggles, and, in many cases, helps students to improve.  I use data folders similar to this free one from Bunting, Books, and Bright Ideas.  I provide folders and keep them in an easily accessible basket.  These are also great to show parents at conference time!


Classroom Data Walls – Displaying student data creatively on a bulletin board is a debatable method of tracking student data.  However, WeAreTeachers says “the key to these boards is that they are limited to a single skill set of foundational skills that mostly require memorization. Giving students permission to monitor their own progress makes it feel more like a game than a report card.”  To make your data wall more confidential, use student numbers in lieu of student names.  I have found these data walls to be motivating for many students.


Teacher Data Binder – Keeping all of your student data in one, organized, central location keeps you up-to-date on student progress.  When you need to access student information quickly, a data binder comes in handy.  This free, printable data binder from The Curriculum Corner contains everything you need to make your own.  Or, try these free data tracking sheets from Brandy Shoemaker.


Data Clipboards – Clipboards are especially useful for small groups.  Color code your clipboards or mark them in a way that makes them easy to identify when you need to grab one quickly.  Hang them on the wall near where your groups meet.  Students can track data themselves using the clipboards or the teacher can use them as an assessment-tracking tool.


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