Going Deeper: Progress Monitoring
Estimated time: 20 minutes
Audience: parents & families, educators, administrators
This activity introduces the concept of progress monitoring, which is used to determine whether a student is benefitting from instruction. The activity also explores the difference between two types of assessment:
- Formative assessment, which measures progress and guides further learning.
- Summative assessment, which measures the outcome of learning.
In the video chosen for this activity, a literacy coach discusses progress monitoring and ways to support teachers in using assessment data to plan instruction. She discusses the multiple groups used in her school (benchmark, strategic, intensive and above benchmark). She explains that students track their own data and are motivated by monitoring their own progress.
Link to RtI Concepts and/or Research-based practices
Epstein’s Six Types of Family-School-Community Partnerships: Communication, Decision Making
Wisconsin RtI Framework essential element: Balanced Assessment
View the video Helping Teachers use Progress Monitoring, and listen for explanations of how progress monitoring is used to guide instruction.
- The narrator suggests that progress monitoring motivates children to learn. Why do you think she believes this? What happens?
- Do you believe that progress monitoring motivates children to learn, and if so, how is it or could it be used in your child’s classroom?
Helping Teachers use Progress Monitoring (3:47minutes)
Inside the Black Box: Raising Standards through Classroom Assessment By Paul Black and Dylan William