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Running head: PLAN DO STUDY ACT (PDSA): THE DEMING CYCLE

Plan Do Study Act (PDSA): The Deming Cycle
Janell Collins
Grand Canyon
EDA 577

March 4, 2012

Plan- Do- Study-Act (PDSA): The Deming Cycle
At Park Elementary, a variety of assessments are used to evaluate the performance of the students. A DIEBELS Assessment is used to evaluate our students’ performance in reading for grades kindergarten thru fourth. The test is administered three times a year including the months of September, January, and May. The teachers analyze and use the results of the DIEBELS testing to place students in three different reading groups during reading instruction. The groups are divided by using a color coding system of red, yellow, and blue. Students are placed in the blue group (mastery) if they are advanced in reading, yellow (strategic) if they are on grade level, and red (intensive) if they are below grade level in reading and need intensive reading instruction. Teachers are required to differentiate instruction during the time that students are divided into the three “flexible” groups. Benchmarks scores, Unit testing scores, and results from LEAP and ILEAP scores are utilized to evaluate the performance in the upper grades. These scores are also used in order to determine group placement and provide differentiated instruction in reading for upper grade levels as well. In addition, differentiated instruction is determined in all grade levels for math by students’ weekly test grades, benchmark scores, and in the upper grade levels, ILEAP and LEAP scores are used to determine placement of students in groups and to provide differentiated instruction. The data from all of the assessment tools are analyzed and used for school improvement by providing us with a guide or map to show us which skills or subjects we are mastering and which skills we need improvement on. It also allows us to analyze our data to determine how we will differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all of our students and to utilize the correct resources to in instructing them. Furthermore, Academic Calendars which are created by our school’s Leadership team are provided to teachers to assist in what skills need to be taught and incorporated into lesson plans before standardized testing begins for that current year. Data from ILEAP and LEAP scores in all grade levels are used as the source to create Academic Calendars which are provided for all teachers on every grade level.

PDSA Cycle
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Teachers at Park Elementary analyze classroom data from DIEBELS testing, (for K-4 and results from ILEAP and LEAP scores for grades 5th-6th), Unit testing and Benchmark testing to determine placement of students for differentiated instruction. | Teachers placed students in reading into three different groups - Red group for intensive students who are below grade level; Yellow group for strategic students or students on grade level; and Blue Group for students who are on mastery or above grade level. The teachers also utilize a variety of resources, such as Academic Calendars, available to them to assist the students in standards they are having a difficult time with. K-3rd grade students have specialized computer programs such as Success Maker to instruct and assist the students on areas they are weak in. The teachers also provide small group instruction during center time to provide direct instruction to students and independent practice to help students master certain skills.| Red group includes intensive students who are below grade level. Yellow group includes strategic students or students on grade level. Blue Group includes students who are on mastery or above grade level. The teachers also utilize a variety of resources, such as Academic Calendars, available to them to assist the students in standards they are having a difficult time with. K-3rd grade students have specialized computer programs such as Success Maker...
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