Putting Data-Driven Instruction Into Practice

Data-driven instruction is noted by education gurus such as Dr. Robert Marzano, Charlotte Danielson, Spence Rogers, and Harry & Rosemary Wong to be one of the most effective teaching strategies to yield high student learning gains. Yet, the majority of teachers report struggling to effectively 'do' data-driven instruction amidst juggling several responsibilities, district/school initiatives, time constraints, and lack of planning time.

Penda recognizes the importance of data-driven instruction, and the reality that teachers are stretched for time. That's why Penda Learning sends teachers a Class Mastery Report weekly on Monday's, and makes several reports available through the teacher account. Learn how to effectively use the Class Mastery Report to facilitate data-driven instruction, including practical teacher strategies, by viewing the on-demand video below.

Data-Driven Instruction: Using Penda's Class Mastery Report

Explore how Penda Learning's Class Mastery Report facilitates data-driven instruction and effectively using the Class Mastery Report. Check out this recent on-demand teacher PD video produced by Penda Learning's Implementation & Support Services Team.


1. Assess

Assign students 2 - 3 activities per week to complete (80% or better) based upon a topic, concept, or standard.


2. Capture Data

Penda does the work for you! Penda automatically grades each activity a student completes and reports the results to both the student and teacher. Teachers can see data in real-time through their teacher account by accessing reports -  Class Mastery Report, Assignment Mastery Report, Student Mastery Report, or by creating a custom report.- Class Mastery Report, Assignment Mastery Report, Student Mastery Report, or by creating a custom report.

3. Analyze Data

Reflect on student data contained in the Class Mastery Report and/or Student Mastery Report. Determine how many groups of learners are comprised in the data set (i.e. 3 levels of learners - low, medium, high; not mastered, partially mastered, mastered) and how to place students into intervention groups. Create group lists on paper or digitally by identifying what group each student should be placed into.

4. Create RTI Action Plan

Sign-in to a Penda teacher account and create intervention groups (i.e. low, medium, high; red, yellow, green) for each class period necessary. Move students into an intervention groupBrowse/search Penda activities  and  assign to an intervention group based upon topic, concept, or standard deficit identified in step # 3. Provide ample time for students to work on activities and encourage them to retry activities if they do not achieve 80% or better.

5. Implement RTI Action Plan

Put the RTI action plan into motion and stick with it! Implement cooperative learning groups, based upon data. Differentiate instruction for the varying levels of intervention groups. Provide small-group re-teach opportunities. Progress monitor intervention group progress and individual student progress. Hold 1:1 data chats with students.