Focus Area 5.4

Interpret student data

Graduate Proficient Highly Accomplished Lead
Demonstrate the capacity to interpret student assessment data to evaluate student learning and modify teaching practice. Use student assessment data to analyse and evaluate student understanding of subject/content, identifying interventions and modifying teaching practice. Work with colleagues to use data from internal and external student assessments for evaluating learning and teaching, identifying interventions and modifying teaching practice. Co-ordinate student performance and program evaluation using internal and external student assessment data to improve teaching practice.

I have been able to use student assessment data to analyse and evaluate student understanding of subject/content, identifying interventions and modifying teaching practice where necessary. I had the opportunity to teach a Year 10 General Mathematics class for the period of one year. I knew this would be a challenge and wanted to gain an understanding of the ability of the students I would be teaching in order to cater for their needs. I researched their previous years grades and individually questioned each student who received a ‘D’ grade or lower, on why they think they deserved or didn’t deserve that grade and what we could do to improve their grade.

The students provided me with a number of reasons including the work was too hard, they didn’t understand the work, they didn’t try that year and several others. The main piece of information I received was that the students would appreciate more individual instruction and clarification when they were unsure of something as many of them choose not to ask questions. Therefore, my goal was to make sure I spoke to every student individually, every lesson and make sure they understood the topic and if there was anything I could do to help them improve their understanding. I also gave the students the opportunity to attend after school tutoring. The students explained that they enjoyed coming to my class and were “trying harder” than previous years. This can be evidenced from their improved grades below. (Note: The student who received an ‘E’ grade in 2017 had been moved down from an extension class).

Evidence:

Interpret Student Data

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