Formative Data Teams

For a data system to work, the focus has to be on planning moves that respond to student need, not the analysis itself. Formative data teams make the analysis work easy, simply sorting students based on similar needs. From there, teachers work in teams to identify instructional moves that make sense. Honestly, weekly formative data meetings are the most impactful move we make at The Denver Green School and a primary reason we have the highest academic growth in the state.
— Prudence Daniels, Lead Partner, Denver Green School

Here is a detailed explanation of the Formative Data Process and the template that organizes it.

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.