Leading a Data Discussion

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This article explains a data discussion protocol Forefront users can use to discuss student data.

This protocol is designed to support reflection on instruction, what is working, and what needs to be modified and is best used in regular cycles so that new strategies can be implemented and tested for effectiveness.

Step 1: Select an Item Analysis Report

Select a single assessment that you wish to focus on. You can view an assessment for a classroom as an item analysis, standards, or overall performance distribution report. For this data discussion protocol, we will just focus on an item analysis report.

There are two ways to navigate to an assessment report:

1) From a classroom, navigate to the assessment that you wish to view by selecting the assessment name. Then select the Reports tab to view the report.


2) Alternatively, you can navigate to the reporting suite in the left-hand navigation pane and select the Single Assessment choice to view results for one assessment.


Question Analysis

Toggle the report view to view the Question Analysis report. This will help you identify exactly where students struggled.


Hover over the report’s bars to identify where students struggled. If you need to view the report item, select the name of the assessment at the bottom of the screen.


This will allow you to view the answer key if it is a preloaded solution or your district has built these details into Forefront. Additionally, having a physical copy of the student work can be critical for this work.


Step 2: Questions

  • Where was the class most successful? To what do you attribute that success?
  • Which question type(s) caused the most difficulty for your students?
  • Consider the questions themselves and some student work samples that you have. How do you see the evidence of your instruction in the student results?
  • What implications does this have for your work in the next unit(s)?


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