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Indicator 4.5: Differentiated Instruction and Assessment
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Instruction and assessment are differentiated in response to student strengths, needs and prior learning.

At the school:
  • Knowing each learner through documentation and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data from a variety of sources is a school-wide priority.
  • A wide range of instructional strategies (e.g., parallel tasks, open problems, tiered assignments) are used to meet the diverse learning needs of all students.
  • Individual and team planning is based on assessment of student strengths and needs.
  • Student work is analysed to identify ways to differentiate instruction and assessment.
In the classroom:
  • Based on the analysis of student data, personalized learning activities are designed to address students’ diverse learning preferences, interests, and readiness to learn a concept.
  • Students are grouped and regrouped, frequently and flexibly.
  • Learning groups are based on prior assessment of student learning, strengths and needs, interests and/or learning preferences.
  • Choices are provided based on prior assessment of student learning, interests and/or learning preferences.
  • Students are taught how to make choices (e.g., assignment, learning centre task, resources) based on their readiness, interests and learning preferences.
  • Learning goals reflect student learning needs and support student achievement of the curriculum expectations.
  • Students whose culture/first language differs from the culture/language of instruction are intentionally supported in order to be able to access the intended learning.
Students:
  • Make choices (e.g., assignment, resources, learning centre task) based on their readiness, interests and learning preferences.
  • Work in groups and follow collaborative group norms.
  • Have opportunities to identify their learning preferences and/or environment (e.g. individually, in a quiet location away from others, in an active area of the room, as part of a group).

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