Why Include Measures of Student Learning?
Advance is founded on the belief that students learn to think for themselves when teachers continuously learn and develop their classroom practices. Advance engages teachers in reflecting on both student learning data and meaningful feedback from school leaders, so they can learn, grow, and thrive as professionals. Understanding how students are performing is a crucial step toward recognizing outstanding teaching and encouraging meaningful improvements in teaching and learning.
Measures of Student Learning (MOSL) allow educators to better understand their students’ strengths and how best to support student growth. This happens when members of the school community collaboratively make thoughtful decisions about how to measure student learning at their school, by selecting relevant assessments and analyzing student work in order to adjust instruction to support student growth. These choices contribute to teachers’ ratings at the school, with approximately half of a teacher’s evaluation based on measures of student learning from assessments the school chooses from an approved list. The DOE offers a variety of assessments to measure student learning. Schools and teachers use student data to drive instructional decision-making and prioritize professional development, toward the goal of preparing all students for college and career.
The work of Advance provides the opportunity for schools to measure student learning in meaningful ways that reinforce their instructional priorities and school culture. In turn, teachers use students’ performance to continuously measure student progress and to shape and adjust instruction accordingly over the course of the year.