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Analyzing Student Work

Looking together at student work to improve your instruction and their opportunities to learn.


A 3-minute guide to Analyzing Student Work Together

Tools to Use Today

Check out the guide to this practice and tools (we'll eventually build more of these in) you can print and use together.

  • Mentor’s guide: Analyzing student work together

    What is this practice? Analyzing student work together involves you and your teacher candidate systematically looking at artifacts from students to unpack patterns in students’ understandings or experiences, and determine how to respond instructionally. There are many kinds of work youmight examine together, including but...

  • Tool for analyzing student work

    This easy-to-use tool helps you to use different lenses in examining student responses and considering implications/next steps. You can use this together to group responses or items of work from students, like models, whiteboard recordings, exit slips, etc. We include a Word version here so...

So, What's This All About?

A short video to show you the basics of the practice, examples from classroom life, and when to use it.

Why is it important?

By regularly engaging in this kind of formative assessment —examining and acting on insights from student artifacts—instruction becomes more meaningful and tailored to the understandings and experiences of your specific students. Further, engaging in formative assessment with TCs can help them develop their own professional vision of what to look for in student artifacts and varied possibilities for responding instructionally.


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