In this era of high stakes testing, student achievement, and value-added measurement, being able to analyze student data is extremely important. This is certainly true in our civics course as well.

Working collaboratively, the Florida Joint Center on Citizenship’s Peggy Renihan and Escambia County’s Social Studies Supervisor Cherie Arnette have crafted a walk-through of sorts that can help teachers make sense of their benchmark data! EDITED TO ADD/CLARIFY: This process should be used in conjunction with the formative and summative assessments that you have used in your classroom throughout the course of the year. At this time, unfortunately, the state has released only scores by reporting category and/or overall scores. 

STEP 1: Using the most reliable data source you have available – Identify Highest and Lowest Benchmarks

  • Mark your highest five and lowest five benchmarks in the appropriate column on the data analysis sheet.

STEP 2: Highest Student Learning Outcomes

For Highest 5: Take a moment to celebrate success! Be proud of student learning gains! J

STEP 3: Lowest Student Learning Outcomes and Benchmark Clarifications

For Lowest 5: Which specific benchmark clarifications should be remediated?

  • Lowest Percentages: For LOWEST 5 – Use the percentages in the Student Average column to determine the five (5) benchmarks with the lowest percentage of mastery – the lowest 5.
    • Closely examine the benchmarks by asking yourself the following questions:
      • Have I taught each of these benchmarks?
      • Are there any similarities between the lowest benchmarks?
      • Are the benchmarks broad or narrow in scope?
      • Are there any patterns based on the cognitive expectations of the benchmarks?
    • Benchmark Clarifications: Use the Civics Test Item Specifications to determine the specific cognitive complexity level of each of the benchmark clarifications.
      • Do these benchmarks lend themselves to specific skill sets?
      • Select the benchmark clarifications that you believe will be the most impactful.

STEP 4: Identifying Resources for Specific Benchmark Clarifications:

Develop a Review and Remediation Action Plan using ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com/civics

  • Follow the steps of the Action Plan to determine the benchmark clarifications that will be the most powerful for review.
  • Think about resources/activity used for initial instruction– Record which specific resources/activities where used to provide initial instruction for each benchmark.
  • Access the civics review website and explore those resources to develop learning activities to provide the most appropriate review for your students based on their learning needs.
    • ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com/civics

In following these steps, you will want to use the 2013 – 2014 Student Data Analysis Form, which can help you track issues with each benchmark. Once you have completed your analysis, you will want to develop your action plan for addressing the problems that you have identified. We have a sample action plan for you here:

Blank Sample Data Driven Review and Remediation Action Plan

A completed Action Plan might look something like this:

Example District SS7C34 Data Driven Review and Remediation Action Plan