Improving Student Performance While Addressing Student Learning Needs

774 WordsJun 23, 20164 Pages
Today’s classroom is increasingly diverse: English language learners, students with disabilities, culturally diverse students, gifted and talented students. It makes sometimes difficult for teachers to meet all students needs. Some of the students are learning quickly and some – need extra help and extra time. How can a teacher help students to reach the same academic goals and standards? Probably, data-driven instruction, an efficient approach when students’ performance data is used to improve their learning, might become the solution. March (2006) defines data-driven instructions as the systematic collection, analysis, and application of many forms of data from myriad sources in order to enhance student performance while addressing student learning needs. The Assessment of Individual Differences in General Education and Special Education: A Socio-Cultural Perspective course was very helpful to learn how to use data-supported Instruction. I heard “data-driven instruction” for a long time, but I never was thinking what it means in every day life teaching situations. Every time I heard it, I thought about standardized tests as a form of assessment that helps to collect information about students performance, and I never thought that it is a cycle that starts from giving students assignments, collect the data by grading the assessments, and analyzing this data to make decisions for future instruction. The data could be used to give students individual help, find
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