Differentiate instruction based on assessed reading skills for all students.

Differentiated instruction is essential for all students, not only those receiving Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions. Teachers can vary instruction by changing content focus, amount of instructional time, and degree of scaffolding. In Tier 1, differentiation can be provided during independent work or small groups. In Tiers 2 and 3, teachers should use progress monitoring and analyze data to assess reading proficiency growth, differentiate instruction, and determine if students need additional help.

Progress monitoring is critical for regrouping students based on changing skill levels. Teachers will need professional development to learn how to collect data, interpret results, and use data to differentiate instruction. Staff may want to work collectively to develop guidelines for grouping students for instruction. Teachers need strong classroom management skills to provide Tier 1 differentiated instruction. Some teachers will need help developing classroom routines that allow them to lead small groups with selected students while others work independently.

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Planning Professional Development: Using Data

The three activities included in this tool provide building-level leadership teams and school administrators with a framework for reflecting on the implementation and quality of their progress...

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Data Team Protocol for Differentiating Instruction

This planning tool has guidelines that assessment coordinators and principals can use to set up a process for conducting data meetings with grade-level instructional teams. This planner can help...

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Progress Monitoring Self-Assessment

Use this self-reflection activity to guide staff in thinking about how they collect and use progress monitoring data to differentiate instruction. Use the chart to identify strengths, indicate...

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Progress Monitoring School Example

This example describes how an elementary school in Iowa implements progress monitoring, including monitoring in the core curriculum, planning supplemental support, core outcomes, and implementation...

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06/20/2014
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Core Program Review Tool

Download a self-assessment used in Pennsylvania schools for evaluating and selecting research-based core programs. It addresses the key characteristics of effective instructional practices and...

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Data-Informed Decision-Making: A School-Level Blueprint

Pennsylvania developed the blueprint to identify critical skills and guide school leaders in supporting data use. Three key planning processes are addressed and examples are provided: annual,...

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Data Analysis Worksheets and Team Protocol

California schools use these materials to structure data meetings. The protocol offers a script for conducting the meeting, and the worksheets help with goal-setting, data collection and analysis,...

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Data-Driven Instructional Plan

This resource shows the process Iowa schools follow to plan data-based instruction. A graphic outlines four sequenced steps: screening, additional diagnostic assessment, instruction, and results...

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Steps for Monitoring and Graphing Progress

This Pennsylvania Department of Education publication outlines seven steps to assist teachers with progress monitoring and using data for instructional decision making. It includes an example of...

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Helping Teachers Use Progress Monitoring

Helping Teachers Use Progress Monitoring

A literacy coach discusses progress monitoring and ways to support teachers in using assessment data to plan instruction. She explains the role of the reading team and describes how students are...

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Early Elementary Assessment: Phonemic Awareness

Early Elementary Assessment: Phonemic Awareness

Watch a demonstration of informal phonological and phonemic awareness assessments conducted with an elementary school student. Hear about how assessments are used to identify struggling students...

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Reteaching in Small-Group Interventions

Reteaching in Small-Group Interventions

A first-grade teacher demonstrates a small group phonics lesson and discusses reteaching and frequent checking for skill mastery. She explains the 80% / 20% decision rule for regrouping, describes...

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