Exit Tickets: A Small Step With a Big Impact

“Does that make sense?

It’s a question most teachers are guilty of asking, only to be met by students nodding in agreement. However, among those nods often lies a lot of confusion. While this method is efficient, it is unlikely to be accurate because it isn’t backed by evidence of students’ understanding.

And for those who said no, do you know where their break down occurs?

Collecting accurate and targeted data is critical in increasing student achievement, but it’s not the data from the summative assessments and standardized tests that is the most important. It’s the data that reflects students’ day to day learning that has the true power to drive student achievement. Students spend six to seven hours at school each day, approximately 32.5 hours each week. Just think of all the learning that occurs. Why wait until the end to see the evidence of growth or need for intervention?

Within each of those days, teachers have numerous opportunities to gather informal data, also known as formative assessments. These simple check for understandings allow students to demonstrate their comprehension and informs teachers’ future instruction.

Exit tickets are one of the easiest types of formative assessments to implement. The short assessment usually occurs at the end of a lesson or class. They take 3-5 minutes and can be collected as students walk out the door. While exit tickets make up a small portion of a daily lesson, they can have a large impact on student achievement.

Timely Interventions

By the time teachers receive data from summative assessments, it is often too late to address misconceptions. By assessing students on a daily basis using exit tickets, teachers can embrace the idea of lean thinking, thus identifying and solving problems as they arise.

Allows For More Differentiation

Not all students learn the same way. It’s an age-old challenge in education. However, by implementing exit tickets, teachers can have a better understanding of where each student is in their learning at any given time. It helps teachers to close gaps and clarify misconceptions as well as celebrate student success.

Implementing Exit Tickets

The best part about exit tickets, is they are simple, yet effective. However, while the data has the potential to be powerful, exit tickets are only as good as the questions asked — it is important to be purposeful when planning exit tickets.

Exit Ticket Do’s

  • Link the question(s) to the lesson’s objective
  • Include 3-4 questions
  • Scaffold the difficulty, so you can identify where the breakdown in learning occurs
  • Include short answer and multiple choice questions
  • Create questions that ask students to apply or demonstrate the given concept

Exit Ticket Don’ts

  • Don’t include yes or no answers
  • Don’t ask “Do you understand?”

Circulating and entering student performance in real-time can eliminate time spent grading outside of class. While more complex exit tickets may take longer to grade, it is important to find a system that allows you to easily enter student data. This gives you a clear understanding of students’ overall comprehension, learning gaps and identify those students who are in need of intervention.

Bullseye provides teachers with an easy-to-use data collection system that supplements the analysis of the complex spreadsheets and the convenience of the old-school check marks.

With Bullseye, teachers are able to instantly do more for their students in less time.

How do you collect and analyze data in your classroom? Share your methods in the comment section below.

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