We are approaching one year from the beginning of school closures due COVID-19, it is not only that the existing disparities and inequities become apparent, but also the COVIDSlide is increased the learning challenges of numerous students. Districts and schools across all over the world have had to cope with enormous demands in a rapidly changing world that they didn’t have a plan in place or the appropriate technology. The learning of students has been the most affected.
The full extent of the impact of disrupted education systems is been unable to be fully assessed. However, new indicators suggest that the epidemic has had a significant impact on students of race who were already in a disadvantage.
Districts and schools are working hard to adapt to completely blended and remote learning, a lot has changed in the past few months since the spring of 2020. However, learning loss–especially in reading and math–will increase if education gaps aren’t addressed. One of the most important aspects to reduce learning loss is to employ a flexible learning and teaching approach that
encourages both synchronous and asynchronous learning regardless of where students are. The process starts with teachers conducting tests to find the gaps in their learning, after which they begin using the data to create relevant curriculum and guide the instruction. Combine that with technology that can assist in identifying and addressing the gaps in learning as well as provide an easier, more efficient procedure that improves learning and teaching.
Data-Driven Assessment Means Data-Driven Instruction
Eliminating gaps in learning without having the ability to access the data of students is a challenge. In the past year several districts realized that they had an insufficient education management software (LMS) as well as assessment solutions which made it difficult to offer individualized instruction, manage specific assessments, and monitor and analyze data from students. If teachers have a comprehensive overview of the performance of their students which they can utilize to plan instruction, they are able to create individual learning plans to overcome and fill in the gaps in their learning. Performance Matters is an integrated assessment and analysis tool that gives a more clear overview of the student’s performance.
Through Performance Matters, educators can:
- Create and present regular tests rather than relying on assessments from third-party sources that aren’t tailored to determine your students’ weaknesses in learning and remediation requirements.
- Find patterns in dataor make their own.
- Utilize PowerSchool’s pre-made assessment and item banksfrom assessments such as attendance, behavior and social and emotional (SEL) surveys – all in one place.
- Determine students who are at risk and create more individualized learning experiences for students at-risk.
Most importantly, Performance Matters integrates seamlessly with Schoology Learning to allow teachers to give their students the most personalizedand efficient learning experience in school at home, at school or in any other location as we all adjust to the new realities of blended and remote learning. The process is easy for teachers, that can utilize single sign-ons to toggle between apps and allowing them to have more time to design learning paths which address gaps in their instruction instead of figuring out complicated technology. If educators utilize Performance Matters and Schoology Learning together, they can benefit from:
- Collaboration and communication is improved. Teachers can share plans for lessons as well as best practice, look over the performance of students and share information with students, parents, as well as with one another.
- Enhances connections between the home and classroom. Teachers are better equipped to handle concurrent teaching with students from blended learning that are present in class, as well as those who are remote.
- Access to information to create individual learning pathways. Once teachers have identified the areas of learning that are significant and have analyzed the full perspective of the student, they are able to design exciting lessons, courses and assignments that promote individual learning.
Developing Effective Curriculum
The Unified Classroom(r) allows you to increase the effectiveness of your learning. Understanding the full picture of loss of learning is crucial to design an appropriate curriculum that is able to meet students at the level they’re. In the context of Performance Matters and Schoology Learning working together we can have the chance to prepare teachers and students to be successful.