Set and Track Growth Goals

Setting goals is a great opportunity for teachers to empower students to take ownership of their learning, promote a growth mindset, and improve academic achievement. The goal-setting process recognizes that each student is different and allows them to choose where they want to improve and what they want to achieve. It also encourages students to have a long-term vision of what they want to accomplish, and the short-term motivation to keep them inspired to work hard along the way.

Understand How i-Ready Measures Student Growth

We recognize that every student is unique, and the path he or she takes to achieve proficiency may be different. Rather than a “one size fits all” growth target, it’s important to focus on how much each student needs to grow to reach their goals for proficiency, and to track their learning progress along the way. Determining the most appropriate amount of growth for every student can be time consuming. Based on research into the growth of millions of i-Ready students, i-Ready’s new growth model has done the work for you.


Guide Goal Setting and Communicate Broadly

The key to setting goals is to make sure they are clear, positive, specific, measurable, and achievable:

  • Focus on growth and learning to increase students’ satisfaction in their progress and performance. Give them the opportunity to see what they are capable of achieving.
  • Set collective goals, such as class or school goals, to keep individuals accountable to one another and help them grow as a team.

Once you set your goals, communicate them broadly and ensure everyone understands what they are working to accomplish. Provide an opportunity for each person to play an important role to motivate the whole community to come together to reach it.


Tie Growth Goals to Learning Goals

You can help students set goals for themselves that can include both performance and learning goals that promote specific habits and short- and long-term growth. Provide multiple opportunities to set goals and scaffold the goal-setting process to focus students and teachers to work toward improvement, reflect on their progress, and establish a growth mindset. Use differentiated Typical Growth and Stretch Growth measures to help you guide students to set challenging yet achievable goals.


Make Plans to Help You Achieve Your Goals

After you set your goals, create action plans and commit to them together. Encourage students and teachers to think about the steps they need to take along the way, including:

  • Obstacles that could prevent them from achieving their goals
  • Align your resources to ensure everyone has the tools they need to reach their goals.
  • Use data to differentiate instruction and schedule time for teacher-led small group instruction and Online Instruction.
  • Give students an opportunity to focus on the growth goals they defined. Have regular data chats with students, teachers, and parents to identify strengths and areas for growth and revise goals.


Track Progress, Reflect, and Celebrate

Track progress toward goals to promote ownership, keep data top-of-mind, and make progress and growth more apparent. Provide opportunities for self-reflection to help you and your students uncover strengths, challenges, and needs. Celebrate growth to help cultivate a growth mindset, rather than just a fixed end goal or raw score. This can provide an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate students who may not usually get recognized for academic success. There are a variety of strategies you can implement in your classroom and school to track, reflect, and celebrate:

  • Have students track their own data and growth through journals, data folders, individual student tracking sheets, or classroom data walls.
  • Model and promote self-reflection after each assessment so students can feel ownership over their own abilities and guide where they want to continue to focus.
  • Recognize and celebrate growth through public announcements, staff meetings, bulletin boards, certificates or rewards to highlight when a student, class, or the school has made great progress or reached a goal.


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