How to Improve Student Achievement

Teachers, counselors and administrators can have positive and effective impact on the students if they can identify learning challenges and monitor learning progress.

6 Ways to Significantly Improve Student Achievement in the Classroom

  1. Set challenging, achievable and measurable expectations for quality work.
    Assignments should be clearly aligned to learning objectives.
  2. Use formative assessments frequently and consistently.
    Formative assessments allow teachers to identify students that may need additional assistance quickly. It also allows teachers to monitor their students’ learning and offer continuous feedback. Feedback is required to help students improve and ensure they remain engaged.
  3. Insist on high quality work.
    The quality of the work produced by students can be improved by establishing a routine of creating multiple drafts for assignments and projects.
  4. Students should spend more time reading and writing each day.
    Additional writing does not mean teachers need to spend more time grading their work, encourage peer editing and self-evaluation.
  5. Maximize the amount of time students are engaged in the academic content.
    Minimized the amount of time students spend on activities that are not directly related to the task at hand.
  6. When a new concept or skill is introduced, ensure every student understands before moving on.
    Encourage students to ask for clarification and assistance. To ensure students understand, make use of formative assessments.

Using Data and Predictive Analytics to Monitor and Report Student Achievement

In addition to classroom teachers, at-risk students require the attention of learning assistance teachers, counselors and administrators. Equipped with relevant educational data about each at-risk student, action plans can be developed to ensure success in the classroom.

Education data includes:

  • Achievement data – sample of student’s work and portfolio, teachers’ notes, assessments and report cards
  • Other data – attendance, behavior
  • Background data – learning needs, gender, linguistic background, socio-economic information

WebTESS Student Dashboard allows users to view information relevant to a student all on one page. Using Student Dashboard, users can quickly identify alerts, student background information and changes to their attendance, grades and misconducts, all on one page.