Data-Driven Instruction

Data-Driven Instruction shifts a school’s focus to the most fundamental question of education: not “Did we teach it?” but “Did the students learn it? And, if they didn’t, how can we teach it so that they do?” – Paul Bambrick-Santoyo, Leverage Leadership

Capstone Education Group uses the following assessments and meetings to ensure the principles captured in Leverage Leadership listed above. Implementation of data-driven instruction best ensures that all students are equipped with the knowledge necessary to succeed in college.

Internal Assessments

The assessments below are created within and mandated by the charter management organization. These assessments are designed to provide teachers, leaders, scholars, and parents with regular data points for measuring proficiency and growth.

Homework

Creator: Teacher
Administered: Daily
Grades: K-8
Purpose: To provide students extra practice on the lessons from the day.
Stakeholder Notification: Weekly

Exit Tickets

Creator: Teacher
Administered: Daily
Grades: K-8
Purpose: Lesson taught and mastery of the lesson taught at GL. Teachers scaffold instruction to address students who are below GL. Over the course of the year scaffolding needs decrease. Aligned to common core standards but at rigor level of the students. Exit tickets are used by teacher to adjust for the following day, used by DCI to evaluate teacher and lesson plan effectiveness and PD needs.
Stakeholder Notification: Weekly

Reteach Exit Ticket

Creator: Teacher
Administered: Daily / As Needed
Grades: K-8
Purpose: Reteach lesson and mastery of the lesson taught to the deficiencies identified by the teacher. This is GL content supported through unbundling and/or breaking down the misconception. The assessment will be aligned similarly to the exit ticket. Reteach exit tickets are used by teacher to adjust for the following day, used by DCI to evaluate teacher and lesson plan effectiveness and PD needs.
Stakeholder Notification: Weekly

Show What You Know

Creator: DAA / DCI / Curriculum Developer
Administered: Alternating Fridays
Grades: K-8
Purpose: Student retention and application of lessons taught and mastery of the lessons taught during the week. Assessment is a mix of at GL and aligned to common core standards and at the level of students. Teachers should know what questions individual students should be able to answer (on GL should get all, students behind should score 25%, etc). There will be some TCAP language included. This should reflect the standard and objective from curriculum map SWYK quizzes are analyzed by teachers, DCIs, DAA, Principal, Executive Director and others to measure the effectiveness of curriculum and teacher delivery. Staff examines for future spiraling if on the curriculum map. If not, following week’s plan adjusted.
Stakeholder Notification: Weekly

Interims

Creator: DAA / DCI / Curriculum Developer
Administered: Quarterly
Grades: K-8
Purpose: Aligned to common core standards and TCAP language and grade level and over the material taught during the 9 weeks. Data meeting identifies proficiency levels. Staff uses to adjust future lessons. TCAP predictor.
Stakeholder Notification: Report Cards

External Assessments

External Assessments are created by third parties not directly associated with the school network. They vary in scope and cycle but measure student proficiency and growth. Many are used by the Achievement School District for accountability and by CEG for determining portions of the annual performance bonus.

TNReady and TCAP

Creator: TDoE
Administered: Two Phases Annually based on TDoE and subject
Mandator: TDoE
Grades: 3-8
Purpose: Measure proficiency of state standards. Part of the ASD accountability framework. Reviewed to adjust rigor and scaffolding of curriculum. Analyzed for movement between and within bands. Used to set goals.
Stakeholder Notification: Within 2 weeks of results received from TDoE

MAP Assessment

Creator: NWEA
Administered: 3x per Year (8/21-9/1, 12/1-12/14, 5/7-5/21)
Mandator: ASD
Grades: K-8
Purpose: Measures proficiency of core competencies loosely based upon Common Core standards. Part of the ASD accountability framework. Analyzed to determine rate of growth for individual students based primarily upon RIT scores and/or Lexile Levels. Reviewed to adjust rigor and scaffolding of curriculum.
Stakeholder Notification: Within 2 weeks of results received from NWEA

WIDA

Creator: WIDA
Administered: Annually
Mandator: TDoE
Grades: K-8
Purpose: Used to determine needs for ELL students.
Stakeholder Notification: Within 2 weeks of results received from TDoE

Reading A-Z

Creator: Reading A-Z
Administered: BOY with updates at the end of each quarter
Mandator: CEG
Grades: 5-8
Purpose: Tests measure Reading Levels of students
Stakeholder Notification: Report Cards