How Do I Understand and Act on My Reports?

What You'll Learn

In this resource you can learn about how to read your reports and take action based on the feedback.

Why Feedback is Important

As teachers, it's important to get a sense of your students' experiences in the classroom or at your school.

  • Feedback gives you a window into your students' experience in addition to academic achievement data points.
  • Feedback helps you and your grade level team adjust your practice or climate to better fit students' needs.

Take Action

Before accessing your reports:

  • Watch this video to give you an overview of your reports.
  • Download our Teacher Guide to Using Student Feedback. Ask yourself the following questions to reflect on what you see. 
    • What are you most curious to know from the feedback?
    • What do you think the participants will identify as the greatest strengths of your school and/or teaching practice? Why?
    • What do you think the participants will identify as an area of growth in your school and/or teaching practice? Why?

While reading your reports:

  • Stay low on the ladder of inference: Identify facts in what you're seeing before jumping to conclusions about cause and effect.
  • Be honest about your feelings! Getting feedback can be hard sometimes - don't hesitate to come back to reports at a time when you're ready to. Remember that your reports are one piece of the picture of your teaching and can be an excellent tool for improvement.
  • Celebrate growth and identify strengths. Over time you'll be able to see if there are patterns in the feedback that you're receiving. Highlight areas of growth and identify your strengths.
  • Take notes. When you see something interesting in your report, save it using our Bookmarks feature. From there, you can export all your bookmarks and notes to a PowerPoint or PDF to share and discuss them with your colleagues.

After reading your reports:

  • Want to talk with someone about your results? We recommend finding a trusted peer or advisor to talk through the questions that you answered while reading your reports. Bring together a grade level team or a professional learning community and have a conversation about how the results can impact your work as a team.
  • Want to try something out in your classroom? Access Playbook through your reports to find teacher-created "moves" that you can try in your classroom.

Additional Resources

Read more on how a teacher used her reports to reflect on her own growth mindset and improve her practice.

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