You’ve got your data in hand, and now you’re ready to remediate. How do you start? Of course narrowing it down by standard is your first step. You see that four kiddos missed Question 19, which is coded TEK 5.3E. In Texas, 5.3E is considered a readiness standard, which means it will be tested more heavily on our state test. You definitely want to put the readiness standards at the top of your remediation list. The TEK reads as follows:
5.3E Solve for products of decimals to the hundredths, including situations involving money, using strategies based on place-value understandings, properties of operations, and the relationship to the multiplication of whole numbers.
Great! Obviously, these kiddos don’t know how to multiply, right? So you put them all in the same group and remediate multiplication. Not so fast! Take a look at Question 19:
Students who chose A lack an understanding of place value. Furthermore, they aren’t attending to the whole numbers to determine if their answer is reasonable or not. Just by glancing at the whole numbers, students should be able to determine that 2 x 17 is 34, so B has to be the reasonable choice. Check out this post for tips on how to develop decimal number sense using activities like the one shown below, which you can grab for free.
Data can be a friend or foe, depending on how we use it. I hope you found these tips helpful!