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Example 2: Alternate Ranking

In the video above, an ELA teacher created flexible groups during the lesson. Assessment-literate educators also use weekly assessment data formatively to temporarily group low-performing students for re-teaching and high-performing students for enhanced learning. End-of-unit assessment data can be used for establishing groups needing targeted intervention.

Annual data can also be used summatively to program students into intensive intervention classes. Alternate Ranking is a simple and versatile way of analyzing data for either formative or summative uses. Constructed- or selected-response data can be analyzed. It is a somewhat formal method of analysis to identify and group students for differentiated instruction.

Time to Apply

Download the Alternate Ranking for Flexible Grouping worksheet and use the data set provided (or any assessment data you have for your students) to compete the three steps for alternate ranking. When you have completed the exercise, answer the questions below.



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Sample responses

The purpose of Alternate Ranking is to help educators analyze student performance and create flexible groups for differentiated instruction. The big idea is to rank the students in an alternating fashion from highest to lowest performance to form temporary groups for targeted instruction.