A defined content scope for a course provides the checklist for tracking and managing student learning. Data points include observations and test results. Data points are combined to produce a single current achievement level using an adjustable algorithm.
A student learning profile is report of student learning achievement based on measurements and observations against a learning plan. The learning plan for comparison in the A·B·D system can be any defined scope of content. In the illustration, it is the planned content for the courses.
Teachers can compare student learning to different plans for different reasons. For example, comparison to course prerequisites would reveal existing learning gaps that need remediation even before starting the planned course content. Comparison to the course content already covered would inform decisions on moving to the next topic, re-teaching the whole class or giving a few students customized support.
The starting point is a fine-grained course content scope that defines the learning objectives. The A·B·D system enables teachers to easily check off student achievement against the scope content items. Test results can be used as well as direct observations. If you share access with support staff, they can also record data which will be tagged with their user ID for traceability. Multiple measurements and observations can be entered for each content item to produce high confidence data. In the illustration, the “data points” column reflects the number of entries.
With the data points in the system, a student report like the one illustrated can be produced and shared with the student and parents. Students will know where they should spend their time. Parents will know the detailed status and actually be able to help their child. It’s not like a grade book that reports the past while continuing to move forward. Grades leave student and parents with only gross indications of needed areas to apply more learning focus.
The student learning profile is an active checklist of what must be learned and what has been learned. It’s a roadmap of where to focus. And it’s at a level of detail that requires no interpretation or translation – it’s directly readable and actionable. The profile can readily support discussions with students, parents and administrators with a complete log of every entry including test results, assignment results and direct teacher observations.
The student learning profile is the perfect tool to inform teachers of their class progress to shape instruction – all in real time. We’ve seen similar reports tracked back to standards (which we can also produce), but those high level reports require translation and generally are not useful in communicating with students or parents. We all know teaching and learning is at the operational level. It only makes sense to track student achievement at this same level.