The use of data is central to the implementation of the Minnesota English Language Arts Standards. Assessment data helps teams identify needed changes to curriculum and instruction within a Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). Districts and schools use data to help prioritize which curricular and instructional areas to spend time exploring, adopting, installing, and actively implementing. Performance assessment data, including both effort and fidelity data, allow teams to determine whether teachers have received sufficient training and coaching to implement the critical features of instruction as intended.
Data-based decision-making allows districts and schools to make intentional, timely, and positive changes. Collecting data regularly and using it to make decisions also benefits teachers, coaches and leadership teams as they:
- Plan for and narrow the achievement gaps between student subgroups.
- Improve curriculum.
- Enhance teacher quality through professional development.
- Share best practices among schools and districts.
- Communicate educational issues more effectively with key stakeholders.
In the Installation stage, it is important for Leadership and Implementation Teams to establish structures and processes that allow them to view and communicate data on a regular basis.
PreK-Grade 3 Assessment Information
(http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/ReadWell/PreK3ReadAssess/index.html). This recently updated, 20-page document helps schools and districts develop comprehensive processes to assess the reading progress of young students. This tool will identify which students need more help and which are likely to make good progress with quality core instruction alone. It includes information on oral language assessments, as well as screening, diagnostic, and progress monitoring tools.Testing Information
(http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/JustParent/TestReq/index.html). This webpage describes state tests used to measure student achievement. This resource includes parent fact sheets in English and other languages.Testing Resources
(http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Testing/index.html). This page includes a variety of resources to help teachers prepare students for Minnesota's assessments and to interpret and utilize test results.Item Samplers
(http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Testing/ItemSampler/index.html). This page shows the format and type of content included in the Minnesota accountability assessments.Test Specifications
(http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Testing/TestSpec/index.html). This resource shows the content and format of the state mathematics, reading, science, and other tests. Test specifications indicate which strands, sub-strands, standards, and benchmarks will be assessed on the test and in what proportions.Minnesota Student Assessment Update
(http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Testing/index.html). This 16-slide presentation from the 2012 Leadership Summit includes test administration data through 2012, displayed near the bottom of the page.Interpreting ACCESS for English Language Learners (ELLs) Score Reports
(http://wida.us/downloadLibrary.aspx). This two-hour webinar provides an overview of the ACCESS for ELs test which measures English language proficiency for English Learners and is used for state and federal accountability purposes. The webinar provides information for general education teachers, administrators, and English Language teachers about how to interpret ACCESS for ELs score reports, ACCESS for ELs data uses, and implications for instruction by all teachers. The webinar is available on the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) website in the section, Videos and Webinars, Minnesota Webinars. Use your WIDA login and password to view the webinar.
Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making
(http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practice_guides/dddm_pg_092909.pdf). This 76-page guide includes evidence-based recommendations for creating the organizational conditions necessary to make decisions using student achievement data in classrooms, schools, and districts.Scaling Up Evidence-Based Practices Exploration Tool
(http://signetwork.org/content_page_assets/content_page_153/assessing_evidence-based_practices_Bloomington.doc.DOC). This five-page resource helps school and district teams determine whether a practice is evidence-based. This tool assesses the need for a particular program, determines how well the chosen program will align with other initiatives, evaluates the program’s potential effectiveness, and determines the organization’s capacity to implement the program. Developed by the Bloomington Public Schools (Minnesota).National Center on Response to Intervention (RtI)
(http://www.rti4success.org/). This website describes the essential components of Response to Intervention (RtI) and offers guidance and tools for implementation. This resource help teams better understand screening and progress monitoring data and how to use this data to make decisions about instruction and intervention.
The RtI Action Network
(http://www.rtinetwork.org/essential/assessment). This website is dedicated to the effective implementation of Response to Intervention (RtI) and Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). It will guide educators and families during the implementation stages of RtI/MTSS at their school. These resources will help teachers identify struggling students early on so that they and every student receive the supports needed to access quality instruction.Samples of Student Writing - Appendix C of the Common Core State Standards
(http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_C.pdf). This 107-page document includes annotated writing samples that illustrate the criteria for meeting the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects for K-12. The samples inform school and district-level writing assessments.
A Quality Control Toolkit for Student Learning Objectives
(http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/rsn-slo-toolkit.pdf). This 19-page toolkit can help schools and districts achieve quality implementation of student learning objectives (SLOs). The resource contains templates, guidance documents, sample SLOs and other tools. Designed by the Race-to-the-Top Reform Support Network.Surveys of Enacted Curriculum
(https://secure.wceruw.org/seconline/secStandards.asp). This tool compares the content of past standards to the Common Core State Standards in the subjects of mathematics, science, English language arts, and social studies. Teachers will find this tool helpful when mapping necessary changes in instruction and professional development.