Using Student Proficiency Data to Personalize Instruction and Close Gaps

How to act on the information in your Classroom Overview report

If you’re new to DreamBox and haven’t explored the Classroom Overview report yet, now is the perfect time—especially since you’re probably in the throes of preparing your students for your mandated state assessments. The Classroom Overview report will make it easier for you to identify which students are on track and which would benefit from your intervention to help get everyone on track and assessment ready.

DreamBox puts all the data you need to target instruction right at your fingertips, including real-time information on usage, standards met, and proficiency achieved for each student in your class. You don’t have to be intimidated by student data! I’ve pulled together the top questions new DreamBox teachers ask most frequently and provided answers and easy next steps for each. Let’s get started:

Based on the “Time Spent” and “Lessons” columns, it looks like some of my students haven’t spent enough time learning on DreamBox. What should I do?

To get the most out of DreamBox, we recommend that students in grades K–2 use DreamBox for 45 minutes a week, and students in grades 3–8 use it for 60 minutes a week. Talk to your students about staying focused during their math time on DreamBox. If you’re having trouble finding class time for DreamBox, remember that there are a lot of ways to incorporate the program both inside and outside of the classroom. Consider adding DreamBox to your station rotations or small group instruction or try allocating library or computer lab time to DreamBox. Many schools offer opportunities to log on to DreamBox before and after school, during recess, and at home.

Based on the green progress bars, it looks like some of my students are not yet fully proficient at on-grade level standards. What should I do?

First, make sure that students who appear to be struggling are actually using DreamBox for the minimum weekly recommended time (identified above). Keep in mind that students with significant gaps may benefit from spending additional time on DreamBox to build their foundational and conceptual knowledge.

Next, click on each student’s name in the Classroom Overview report to view their proficiency and growth progress, and to see what concepts they’re working on. You can use this data to prioritize where you want to focus your one-on-one time to make the biggest impact.

Often, number sense, operations, and algebraic reasoning are key areas where students benefit the most from additional focus. Don’t forget to celebrate their successes and learning gains to keep the motivation level high!

Based on the green progress bars, it looks like some of my students are already proficient in their on-grade level standards. What should I do?

Try facilitating small groups to discuss different mathematical strategies, vocabulary, and concepts that they have been working on to solidify mathematical thinking and reasoning. You can use the Classroom Activity tab in your Insight Dashboard to dig into what lessons your students are working on, and identify groups that are working on the same concepts at the same time.

Based on the green progress bars, it looks like some of my students are proficient on above-grade level standards. What should I do?

Continue to challenge your learners with exposure to new math concepts, and keep the dialogue going. You don’t have to be an expert in the specific math concepts they’re working on to use inquiry to get them thinking deeply about what they’re learning. If you want a refresher on a particular topic or to plan ahead, you can always access professional learning content on demand right from your Insight Dashboard. Just look for the blue PD icon to access MyFlexPD™ modules that are relevant to what your students are learning in DreamBox. Best of all, you’ll be able to immediately apply what you learn in your classroom to improve student learning outcomes.

Ready to learn more?

I’m hosting a live event on March 5th that’ll include more tips on how to use DreamBox data to monitor student progress. I’ll also be fielding attendee questions, so register now if you want to take a deeper dive and get even more out of reports like the Classroom Overview in your Insight Dashboard™.

Kelly Urlacher

Curriculum Designer at DreamBox Learning
Kelly Urlacher began her career as a sixth grade teacher in Sammamish, WA in 2002. Shortly after, she received her Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Technology and Curriculum Development. After years of dedicating herself to students and education within the classroom, she earned her National Board Certification in 2009. Kelly currently works as a Curriculum Designer for DreamBox Learning and continues tutoring high school students in mathematics.