Friday, December 16, 2011

What Gets Measured, Gets Done

The business adage, What Gets Measured, Gets Done, is equally true in K-12 classrooms. Recently, we added a new set of look-fors to the H.E.A.T. Walkthrough process focusing on math instruction. These look-fors appear below.

Math Look-fors
- Instruction targets current math benchmark period
- Math Problems-of-the-Day are implemented daily
- Student use of state-aligned rulers and reference sheets is evident.
- Student use of calculators is consistent with state assessment guidelines
- Student feedback is based on state open-ended scoring guidelines.

Given the imperative to improve student achievement in both math and literacy, it is critical that a well articulated set of expectations be establish for daily routines. Providing a clear set of guidelines enables all stakeholders to develop common language and specific targets for classroom instruction.