Gauging Student Readines Through the Quantile Framework

Jennifer Chintala over at Scholastic Math Hub has a great post on motivating students.  Chintala makes an excellent point on the influence of positive teacher expectations.   If all students can learn, then teachers should ensure that their own beliefs do not interfere with a student’s motivation to learn.

Teacher conceptions of students’ abilities in mathematics are easily supplemented and strengthened through the use of The Quantile Framework® for mathematics.  By accessing a student’s  Quantile measure from one of the summative assessments already linked to the Quantile Framework, teachers gain insight into exactly what a student is ready to learn.  This ability is the result of a large taxonomy of math skills and concepts  that are also measured on the same Quantile scale. Because the Quantile Framework offers a measure for the student and a measure for the skill demand, we are able to eliminate the guesswork associated with determining a student’s readiness for instruction.

If a teacher determines that there are students who need scaffolding or differentiation (whether above or below the identified skill), the Quantile website offers knowledge clusters that provide information on the relevant gaps in learning.  Additionally, many of those knowledge clusters have been linked to a wide variety of free resources.

The Quantile Framework for Mathematics empowers teachers to target instruction so that students find success in mathematics, have the opportunity to develop their mathematics abilities at a rate appropriate for their needs, as well as find engagement in the enrichment activities that are appropriately identified.

If you haven’t already given the Quantile Framework database or the Quantile Teacher Assistant a look, be sure to check it out.

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