In three simple steps, the Progressive Achievement approach supports us as teachers, school, and system leaders, to help every student demonstrate progress in their learning:
- Collecting and using evidence
- Supporting next steps
- Tracking progress
Classroom work, quality assessment instruments, such as progressive achievement tests, and our own expert knowledge combine to produce a wealth of data that tell stories about students’ abilities, what they know, understand, and can do at a particular point in time, and what they are ready to learn next.
The evidence, and the stories it tells, show us where students are in their learning.
This evidence should inform the next steps in teaching and learning by shaping personal stretch targets for every student backed by learning resources and targeted support for students who have yet to master certain skills, those consolidating their current skills, and students requiring extension.
At the same time, this approach should help develop and strengthen our own capabilities and confidence as professionals in effectively using data to identify and meet students’ needs.
This is an ongoing process, so monitoring student achievement over time is crucial.
Developing the regular practice of collecting and reflecting on data, including classroom work and observations and results from reliable assessment tools will continue to build the narrative of every student’s learning and this serves as a source of ongoing feedback to students and reporting to parents that will support further progress.