I rarely check my work email over the summer.
I deleted the app from my phone and since I'm not in my new school's system yet, I don't see much of a point to log in daily only to delete spam and teacher coupons (looking at you Lakeshore).
I saw my (former) principal post on Facebook that not only were CRT (Criterion Referenced Test) scores in, but she was excited about the results. So naturally I asked to see the fifth grade data because well, I'm a numbers nerd!
I was at my new house painting so I figured I'd check the data in a few hours. Well, my grade level beat me to the analysis part. In a matter of minutes, I had six texts from my former grade level sharing their excitement about particular students.
While I'm sure I'll get official reports with the break down of each class, I couldn't wait. My insomnia got the best of me and sure enough, I was up at four am crunching numbers and making graphs. I couldn't be more pleased with my class results and know that I didn't accomplish this feat alone. It took our entire grade level working tirelessly, together, for ten months to achieve these results. For those at my school who did not approve of our quasi-departmentalization experiment, I'd like to waive this data in their faces...but I won't...because I am a professional.
I had the privilege of working alongside some of the most inspirational fellow teachers. I will miss being able to pop into their rooms and the amazing collaborative mindset we all shared. For various reasons, we are all starting at new schools and collectively represent third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and special education.
(I didn't teach math besides our intervention block and number talks, so these scores are due in a large part to the amazing effort of my two neighboring teachers. Well done ladies! I trusted that my students were in very capable hands each and every day.)
I'm a visual person, thus the graph. Here is my class data for math:
1 student exceeded
22 students met standards
3 students were approaching
6 students were emerging
We shared students for science and I taught the FOSS Landforms kit four times before getting my own class back for CRT prep. When my homeroom wasn't with me, they were with my fellow teachers learning about environments, mixtures and solutions, force and motion, as well as variables. We broke our year into four seven week rotations and started switching the third week of school. We didn't switch right away because we wanted to set up science notebooks and go over the scientific method with our homeroom classes.
Our rotations ended about two weeks before the science CRTs, so we used that time to incorporate Discovery Ed video streaming into our reviews. We also practiced taking notes from multimedia presentations, a valuable skill they'll most definitely need in middle school. However, we did this with the Magic School Bus videos and they did an amazing job.
Here is my class science data:
6 students exceeded standards
17 met standards
6 students were approaching standards
3 students were emerging on science standards
I'm quite pleased with my little scientists!
If you are new to my teaching blog, know this: I love reading. I love discussing books with my students and watching them fall in love with literary worlds. I love watching their excitement when they learn more about the world around them from informational text and seeing them become self-motivated to learn more by reading more is simply wonderful.
I broke my reading data into two groups: my small groups and my whole class.
I had the higher half of the grade level for small groups, so naturally these numbers are expected to be more in the meeting category. My job for small groups was to push these fluent readers to become more critical thinkers.
23 students exceeded standards
28 students met standards
7 students were approaching
2 students were emerging
I'm quite pleased with my small groups!
For my whole class, which is inclusion, here are my results:
7 students exceeded standards
13 students met standards
4 students were approaching
8 students were emerging (of these 8, all were either students with IEPs or in the RTI process and still made growth over their previous scores)
I'm thrilled with my students' performances. Did they all meet standards? No. Did they all make growth? Yes.
With my data analyzed, I can emotionally bid this past school year adieu. I did my best. I taught them strategies and how to think critically. They learned and proved their knowledge on these tests. It is time for a much needed, relaxing summer.