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Instructional Practice

Driving Data Creates Visionary Change

By Calvin Stocker and Patricia Williams, Teaching Excellence Instructional Coaches

“DRIVE. THAT. DATA. Honk! Honk!” This is the mantra of Teaching Excellence’s Data Driver TEam. It can be heard in Instructional Coach’s debriefs with teachers, at PLS sessions, and during Teaching Excellence meetings as the Data TEam trains Instructional Coach’s on how to help core-content teachers use their data. All of this is, of course, to help stakeholders utilize their data so that they can meet/exceed their student achievement goal(s). By developing our stakeholders’ ability to use data effectively, we are able to leverage the highest impact instructional strategies, putting us in a position to make the impossible, possible.

Below are 5 steps that the Teaching Excellence TEam uses to help core-content teachers reach their student achievement goal(s):


5 Step Guide to Reach Your Student Achievement Goals














  • We’re an organization that believes in our students’ achievement. Having a goal is the first step in getting them there. Therefore, each classroom should have at least one student achievement goal.


  • As a teacher, do you know which of your students are on-track to perform well on Common Assessments? Creating and utilizing tracker systems will empower you and your students to measure progress towards the goal.


  • You have all this great data, now what?
    IC’s help their teachers make instructional decisions and adjustments by: 1) Sorting exit tickets and finding the most commonly missed responses. 2) Analyzing trends on trackers that indicate the objectives/standards that students are not mastering. 3) Delving into Common Assessment data to spiral in objectives that our students did not master.


  • Data, tracking data, and analyzing data can feel daunting! The first question we ask ourselves is, “Where should I start?” Fortunately, YES Prep provides many layers of instructional support. Teachers can seek assistance from their Dean of Instruction, and/or their Instructional Coach, or collaborate with other teachers. Collaborating with others saves time and offers you additional insight.


  • There is power in habit. Repeating this process continuously will ensure that our students are pushed to higher levels of academic achievement; which means achieving both you and your students’ student achievement goal(s). This is one way we begin to “redefine impossible.”

How do you use data to increase student achievement?



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