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November 2013

November ELAT Happenings

Progress Monitoring Toward Success and Improved Middle of the Year Results

MOY benchmark window will be completed in the two weeks before winter break or the two weeks after winter break. Now is a great time to make sure the assessment schedule isbuilt and that you have all the resources you need to complete the benchmark in a timely manner. Please make sure Amplify knows your benchmark window time-frame.

From: Progress Monitoring Within a Response-to-Intervention Model

by Douglas D. Dexter, Ph.D., Charles Hughes, Ph.D

According to the National Center on Student Progress Monitoring, progress monitoring has the following benefits when it is implemented correctly: 1) students learn more quickly because they are receiving more appropriate instruction; 2) teachers make more informed instructional decisions; 3) documentation of student progress is available for accountability purposes; 4) communication improves between families and professionals about student progress; 5) teachers have higher expectations for their students; and, in many cases, 6) there is a decrease in special education referrals. Overall, progress monitoring is relevant for classroom teachers, special educators, and school psychologists alike because the interpretation of this assessment data is vital when making decisions about the adequacy of student progress and formulating effective instructional programs (Fuchs, Compton, Fuchs et al., 2008).

From: Visible Learning

by John Hattie

Providing Formative Evaluation (progress monitoring) Ranked 3rd with an Effect Size of .9

Formative evaluation was effective across student age, treatment duration, frequency of measurement and special needs status. When teacher were required to use data and evidence based models, effect sizes were higher than when data were evaluated by teacher judgment.

Progress monitoring is assessment to provide feedback about teacher impact. Of course the assessment is about the student, but the power of interpretation and the consequences of assessment are more in the hands of teachers. We need to move from the prepositional divide of assessment as ‘Assessment of’ and ‘assessment for’ to assessment as feedback for teachers. The critical questions are as follows.

  • Who did you teach well and who not so well?
  • What did you teach well and what not so well?
  • Where are the gaps, where are the strengths, what was achieved and what has still to be achieved?

If we have identified students, have put the correct instructional supports in place and are progress monitoring along the way, we can quickly close that gap in kindergarten and first grade.

ELAT November News - Trajectory Slide

Reports, Amplify Tools and Resources

Helpful Progress Monitor Reports for Teacher and Instructional Leaders:

At the student level - check progress monitoring results on the Student Summary. Look for growth to match or exceed the aimline
ELAT Image of student progress monitoring

At the school level - check Progress Monitoring Fidelity reports for Instructional Leaders:
Image of Progress monitoring fidelity

Review of NOW WHAT TOOLS - Tutorial

Remember the suite of tools offered to help maximize instruction within the mCLASS. Beyond assessment data make use of the Now What Tools - Small Group Advisor, Item Level Advisor and Home Connect. Please review this tutorial from Amplify for access to the tools. The October Webinar for TOT's also goes into detail about these tools.



We recently recorded two webinars as tutorials – These are housed on the ELAT Website under webinars and are short voice over webinars with screen shots to remind you how to effectively use the Student Summary information as well as the Reporting and Analysis Suite offered on

Digging Deep in mCLASS data – intended for all users

Reporting and Analysis Suite – intended for users that have full and systems access to aggregate reports



November 20th 1:00 pm -2:00 pm – A link will be sent out and posted on the website - STAY TUNED FOR INFORMATION.

TOPIC: This session will address items that TOT's will want to address to ensure a successful middle of year benchmark.

All local trainers are encouraged to attend this webinar ‘live’; however, it will also be recorded and posted to the CDE website.




January Training Sites Needed

The last face to face training for instructional leaders and your TOT's together will be held at the end of January and the beginning of February. If you are interested in hosting please contact Karen Cushman  - or Donna Bright - To host we need a room that will hold 35 people, wi-fi access for all participants, a projector and a screen. Thank You in advance for being willing to host.

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