Section 3: Increasing collaboration and communication using OGT data

Examining Instructional Programs: Tips for the Collaborative Teacher Team

Working together as a collaborative team to examine the curriculum and programs in place at your school should help you and your colleagues improve your overall planning and instruction. One of the easiest ways to engage in a needs assessment is to ask your students how they feel about your school or classroom program(s). Do your students think that these programs help prepare them for the OGT?

Using the Online Score Report data can provide a starting point for collecting this information. Following are specific tips for Grade 9, 10 and 11 teachers, as well as intervention specialists or teachers.

Grade 9 or Grade 10 Teachers: Analyzing your classroom instruction and your school’s OGT data will help you determine how to prepare your students for their first OGT. Interviewing past students to find out how helpful they found certain lessons and units may help you adjust your planning and instruction for your current students. The Modified Lesson Planner Template can help you apply adjustments to your planning as you collaborate with students as well as with other teachers.

Grade 11 Teachers or Intervention Teachers: Collecting data from students who must retake the OGT or have already passed it will help you focus instruction on those areas where students scored at or below proficient. It will also help you work with students to progress from proficient to above-proficient performance levels. Use the custom group and filtered group features to narrow your focus for collecting the data you need.