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Garfield Elementary, Spokane, PK-6
Garfield Elementary is a community school, your community school . . Principal Clint Price


Data Guides Instruction

At Garfield, teachers begin the school year by analyzing results from the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP). Integrating this state-level data into the programmatic activities demanded by district initiatives, they tune and adjust their instructional, assessment and student support strategies to specific trends within their own student population. Then, with this 360° framework in place, they create a priority list of goals to accomplish. These goals were established initially in two strategic plans — the school improvement plan (SIP) and Garfield’s unique professional development strategy.

The Spokane School District advocates Data Driven Dialogue as a technique that makes it possible to modify instruction by leveraging assessment data. Together, the principal, instructional coaches and teachers review test results, predict the results of the next assessment, review again, and pinpoint the triangulating data that reveals where a student is strong or struggling in math and reading

Here is a high-level snapshot of the data sources in play as Garfield teachers make decisions that will optimize instructional time for all the learners in their classrooms.


  • Teachers analyze the results of Pearson’s Developmental Reading Assessment, 2nd Edition (DRA2) 3 times over the course of the school year.
  • 1-day writings
  • End-of-unit evaluations occur 5 or 6 times during the school year.
  • Multiple Data Driven Dialogues — a district practice — take place across grade levels and among all instructional staff as a way to open up the close examination of assessment data sourced from KOLLA (Kindergarten Oral Language and Literacy Assessment), formative assessment check-ins, guided reading group, DRA2, the work of the district's Reading Recovery teachers, and the Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) for all 6th-graders with an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
  • End of trimester assessments.


  • Teachers administer the Spokane Assessment of Student Learning (SASL) 3 times during the school year for primary and twice for intermediate level students.
  • End-of-unit evaluations, delivered 7 to 9 times during the school year, enable teachers to know exactly what needs re-teaching or review.
  • At several points during the year, teachers engage in the district’s Data Driven Dialogue activities to study in-depth end-of-unit and SASL results.
  • End of trimester assessments.

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   Updated 12/5/2012

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