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1:1 Data Conferences

Students and teachers frequently conference to ensure students understand their data and use it to improve their learning


At Cisco Junior High School, teachers regularly conference with students individually to discuss academic data and set goals. Teachers review data points from NWEA MAP tests and unit tests, guiding students in understanding their strengths and growth areas. From there, teachers and students determine specific short- and long-term goals to strive for and strategies for achieving these goals. These goals are often SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Assignable, Realistic, and Time-related).

During data conferences, teachers help guide students to ensure they understand their learning data. Some of the areas a teacher might focus on when discussing data with the student are:

  • Ensuring they understand what the number means (percentage, RIT score, etc.).
  • Showing them how their scores compare to national or class averages.
  • Helping them identify areas where they performed well.
  • Helping them identify areas where they could improve.
  • Identifying areas where they are ready for new content (by showing mastery of prerequisite content).

Teachers have noticed that these data conferences have helped motivate students by improving their understanding of data beyond letter grades. This helps students make the connection between their day-to-day work and their learning data (“I want to improve X score so I need to spend more time doing Y and Z”).

Student Does

  • Discusses data with teacher, and sets short- and long-term goals.

Teacher Does

  • Guides students in understanding data and setting goals.

Technology Does

  • Stores assessment data for each student.

Strategy Resources

Cisco MAP Student Profile

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Screenshot of MAP Student Profile. At the top is identifying information about a student’s grade level and ID number, as well as tabs for mathematics, reading, language usage, and science. Science is highlighted in the current view. Below the top menu are additional windows of data. One view shows comparisons (98th norms percentile — achievement for this term, ranked against NWEA 2015 Norms Study), Instructional Areas (228 Earth and Space, 229 Organisms and Environments, 231 Matter, Energy, Force, and Motion), Growth Goals (Spring 2018 - customized the growth target for this student by setting a growth goal, winter 2018 goal actual: 229, goal: 214, score when set: 210 (fall 2017), growth met); and a chart of growth over time.
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