An investment in formative data teams is an investment in responding to student need in a timely manner. Formative data has numerous advantages to summative data, namely, it is easy to collect, allows for teacher response in a timely manner and supports a more targeted response. Most schools are aware of these advantages and sing the praises of formative data, but still focus on antiquated summative data dives that leave teachers with too many needs to respond to and often after the skill has been instructed. With this view in mind, a school that invests time into any data analysis system, essentially has a choice to make, are they going to focus on formative data or are they going to stick with interims and other pieces of summative data. At Horizontal Education, we recommend the former (pun intended).
Formative Data Team Resources
Formative Data Team Meeting Template and Example: The Formative Data Team Meeting Template identifies the questions and records the actions steps that are the basis of data team conversations. The video above, "Detailed Explanation of Formative Data Process" provides an in-depth explanation of this template.