Reading by Example Newsletter, 10-13-18: Data-Informed Instruction

This week’s newsletter focuses on the use of data in the classroom to inform teaching and learning.

  1. What do you do when the data isn’t making any sense? Our instructional leadership team and I encountered this challenge in this post.
  2. One literacy assessment mentioned in the post is Fountas & Pinnell. This reference reminds me of an important blog post the two educators wrote, titled A Level is a Teacher’s Tool, NOT a Child’s Label.
  3. For a more authentic approach to evaluating student writing schoolwide, check out the Educational Leadership article Looking at Student Work for a practical assessment process. (ASCD membership required.)

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Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District ( Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD ( and Lead Literacy (

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