Recording and analyzing standardized testing data is meaningful only to the degree that it informs instructional practice.  The immense pressure for students to achieve proficiency on state ELA and Math assessments creates an environment in which instructional time and resources are increasingly dedicated to these exams.  Using instruction in service of testing narrows the possibilities for diverse content and truncates student skill development.  CASDA’s Curriculum and Instruction experts reverse this trend by utilizing test scores as a diagnostic tool to target Common Core Skills. Identifying specific areas for improvement allows teachers to devise instructional strategies to cultivate skills necessary for sustained academic success.


CASDA’s faculty experts meet with school leadership to examine how data is being utilized within the instructional framework.  Following the evaluation, a strategic plan detailing the Common Core Skills methodology as well as accompanying best practices for implementation is presented to faculty and administrators.  Plans often include:

  • Overview of Common Core Skills Concepts.

  • Development of subject or grade level data teams.

  • Administrative coaching for building leaders to facilitate active participation and monitoring of data teams.

  • Embedded coaching for teachers, including classroom observations and evaluations.

  • Guided discussions.

  • Specific strategies and best practices for all subject areas and grade levels.

  • Protocols to evaluate student progress and program efficacy.


As educators begin to adapt to data’s growing presence in schools, it is imperative that teachers utilize this information to improve student outcomes. The Common Core Skills framework establishes a series of practices that promote student development without reducing instructional time to merely state testing preparation.

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