Analyzing assessment data in preschool is something that is important to do.
For example: I needed to know, as a whole, which letters my students were struggling with the most.
That sounded like a data nightmare. -data is not my favorite thing, fyi-
But, now my curiosity was peaked. Which letters on average were giving students trouble? While were at it… which numbers, shapes and colors were learning curveball culprits as well?
So, even though -data is not my favorite thing- I made it work. I created a template that can be used in Adobe Reader (free btw) where I enter the letters/numbers/shapes/colors that students could not identify on our most recent assessment.
The form tallies up the number of students needing help with that particular skill. So, the higher the number in the total column = the letters I needed to focus on in circle time.
My little data experiment totally worked and I can sleep better at night knowing I didn’t just thrown caution (in this case alphabet letters) at the wall and hope I wasn’t wasting time focusing on letters they already knew.
And…..since I went to so much work – I need someone else to love on this little data collector too. It just feels nice when someone besides myself can use something I worked hard on.
So, go grab the Preschool Teacher’s Data Collector to analyze your assessment data- but promise me – you will open it in Adobe Reader (free – google it) – because if you don’t, it will not work as planned!
Now, go forth and collect that data teacher friend!