This blog is from a four part series highlighting successful first years within expanded learning time schools. Click here to read the first post about expanded-time enrichment in Guilmette Elementary School.
To continue highlighting successful first-year expanded-time schools , we are looking at the Parthum Elementary School in Lawrence, MA. Parthum partners with the Achievement Network and has fully embraced the use of data to track student progress and achievement in order to see measurable results. The analyzing of data has become a major contributor to their school culture. Teachers and students alike have embraced the idea of data guiding the work they do, and are visually reminded of their progress by the posting of their work and data boards throughout the school.
Through the technical assistance they receive as a part of the Massachusetts TIME Collaborative, the support they receive from their district, and through their academic partnership with the Achievement Network, teachers at Parthum have received extensive training on how to use data, which data to focus on, and how to use data to drive growth. With added time in the day, Parthum teachers use data to assess where students are and determine the next steps for moving students forward. More time also allows teachers to reflect and hone their lesson plans and to provide individualized support. Students have enjoyed taking ownership of their learning and enjoy visually seeing improvement as their levels rise on the colorful classroom charts. With data, students and teachers act and plan strategically and have a sense of agency to guide their learning.
According to Parthum teachers, measuring growth has been intrinsically motivating for students, positively affecting the effort they put forth. One teacher mentioned that the school has really learned to rally around the lower performing students and become a community that supports everyone’s success. Students see that “it’s ok to have strengths, it’s ok to struggle, and that’s ok.”
How does your school use data? Share with us in comments!