At the beginning of the year staff at Wellers Hill were encouraged to create a data wall linked to reading outcomes. I wanted to create something that would not just be a leader board or a wall of shame. I wanted to create something that would inform teaching and learning and create a self-awareness of learning amongst teachers, parents and most importantly students. I also wanted to create something that wouldn’t increase teacher workload significantly.
In my class I knew that the area of reading that required improvement was comprehension. The school was already collecting comprehension data every term using tests from Stars and Cars. It occurred to me that I was just collecting the data, recording it and then just leaving it at that. In addition to that the kids didn’t really get much feedback from the data. I wanted students to be aware of their area of focus in order to develop individual goals.
I created a model template. I taught students how to use a computer program to cut out a fun image of themselves. The children then created their own part of the data wall based on my template. The template has a car and a speedo. The speedo goes to 120 which corresponds to the test which is out of 12. If a student gets 8/12 then there speedo is on 80. Students then identify their goal for next time. A student getting 8 might set a goal of 10, they also identify how they are going to achieved their goal by highlighting the areas of comprehension they will work on for homework.
Students are able to identify their areas of focus. They can identify areas of the text where their area of focus occurs.
After the first term of using the data wall 56% of the students achieved their goal and 80% showed improvement.
There was also a teacher car that identified 2 whole class areas for focus and the class average. The class average rose from 9.4 to 10.48. The two whole class areas for focus improved 94% and 66%. Term 3 data was more difficult to calculate in terms of class improvement because over half the class moved to a more difficult level, however the wall still served its purpose as a way for students to self monitor their progress and set goals.
After seeing the data wall in action several other students adopted the template, my students mentored other classes in creating their data wall. A teacher for another school has a student in my class she also adopted this process and used it at her school.