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Tool: Analyzing pre-assessment data

Having used some kind of instruments as a pre-assessment, how do I make sense of the information?

What is the curriculum standard?


Describe what no one in the class knows about this standard.


Describe knowledge that few students possess.


Describe knowledge that many students already have about the standard.


Describe what all students already know about the standard.


What do students misunderstand? Where are big holes in their knowledge?


What does this information suggest for coming instruction and assessment?


See Knowing students as readers and writers (an elementary pre-assessment tool). Also Planning a pre-assessment.

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