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The Action Areas Tool: Using Assessment Data to Inform Instruction

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In his recent guest blog post, Trey Duke examined whether or not students are being overly assessed. He theorized that the assessments aren't the problem, it is how educators use the data that is the problem. He said, "Having data should not be the priority; knowing what the data tells us should be the priority." Teachers' time is precious. Between planning lessons, other responsibilities, and actually teaching there isn't a lot of time left in the day to sit down and analyze test results! Imagine Learning has designed a tool that is meant to help teachers by analyzing the data for them. That tool is the Action Areas Tool.

In his recent guest blog post, Trey Duke examined whether or not students are being overly assessed. He theorized that the assessments aren't the problem, it is how educators use the data that is the problem. He said, "Having data should not be the priority; knowing what the data tells us should be the priority."

Teachers' time is precious. Between planning lessons, other responsibilities, and actually teaching there isn't a lot of time left in the day to sit down and analyze test results! Imagine Learning has designed a tool that is meant to help teachers by analyzing the data for them. That tool is the Action Areas Tool.

The Action Areas Tool: Where, How, and Why

The Action Areas Tool is an interactive report. It is available in the Imagine Manager and in the Imagine Learning Portal, in the same location as the other reports. The Action Areas report takes raw assessment data and picks out where students are struggling the most. This data is then published in a user-friendly, easy-to-read format that allows teachers to see which skills specific students are struggling with so that they can make good decisions about the best way to intervene.

A screenshot of how the Action Areas Tool lists skills that students are struggling with. A screenshot of how the Action Areas Tool lists skills that students are struggling with.

The report also groups students by desired skill so that teachers can easily create student groups for small-group instruction on that skill.

But that's not all. Not only does the Action Areas tool help teachers target action areas, but it also provides teachers with intervention tools. These tools include printouts and activities that teachers can use to re-teach the skill. The Action Areas Tool saves teachers time by putting the data and a plan of action all in one place.

 

Do you use the Action Areas Tool in your classroom? Does it sound like something you could use? Comment below.

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