Paper in Education – Student Data Tracker Board
By Arora Maravich
Tracking student progress is an essential element of being an effective teacher. When students are included in tracking their own data, they are more invested in their own academic growth. Shown here is an example of a Lexile Growth bulletin board.
Here, students can see their own growth in reading, no matter what level they start with. However, academic growth trackers often focus on grade level achievements, and reward students that are already at or above grade level performance. Because of this, they often do not reflect the growth that students that are performing below grade level are making. This can lead to a lot of academic embarrassment, frustration, and resentment. The Student Data Tracker Board shown here acknowledges the growth of all students, regardless of academic grade level.
Using the PrintWorks Glitter Cardstock, the student’s academic levels have been color coordinated. The White Glitter Cardstock stars represent below grade Lexile levels, the Silver Glitter Cardstock stars represent on grade level Lexile levels, and the Gold Glitter Carstock stars represent above grade level Lexile levels. This way, even students that are performing below grade level can see their own progress. This color coordination system can be explained to students, so that they understand that the ultimate goal is to achieve a silver or gold star, but they can still take pride in seeing and personally adding their own stars. Creating a student data tracker can be applied to multiple subjects and grade levels, and could be applied to multiple settings, such as whole classroom, small groups, or specialized education classrooms.
About Arora Maravich
Arora received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and studied at Duke University Graduate School in NC. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Teaching – Special Education from Relay Graduate School of Education in Wilmington, DE. Arora is certified as a structured literacy/dyslexia interventionist through the Center for Effective Reading and certified at the teaching level through the Reading Assist Intervention Program. Arora has Emergency Certifications as a Middle Level English Language Arts Teacher (Grades 6-8) and an Elementary Teacher (Grades K-6), as well as a Certificate of Eligibility in Special Education Teacher of Students with Disabilities (Grades K-12). Arora currently teaches second grade in Wilmington, DE.