5 Tips for Using Materials Strategically to Close Learning Gaps

Selecting materials to remediate students’ learning gaps can be a daunting task. If you have access to multiple materials, and you are feeling overwhelmed by the choices, here are five tips to help you identify which of your current materials to use and how to use them effectively to address your students’ learning gaps. 

5 steps for addressing learning gaps: image of pencil and paper with check marks to represent checking assessment data and checking citations for alignment to close learning gaps.

(1) Use available assessment data to identify your students’ learning gaps.

(2) Identify the state standards/expectations associated with those learning gaps.

(3) Identify the materials you have available. Then, use the publisher’s correlations for each material to identify which material(s) address(es) those specific standards/expectations.

(4) Select one or more of those materials and check citations (i.e., lessons, activities, quizzes, etc…) in the publisher’s correlation for alignment to the content, context, and cognitive rigor of each of those standards/expectations.

(5) Use the aligned citations in the material(s) you have selected to reteach the content and/or skills your students did not learn the first time.

  • The citations you select must be aligned to the standards/expectations your students are struggling with to ensure that the material will help close students’ learning gaps.

If your district subscribes to Learning List, use our alignment comparison tool to compare the alignment of your current materials. This makes it easy to identify which of your materials are aligned to the standards your students are struggling with. Then, download the alignment reports and use aligned citations in any of your materials to reteach those standards.

If you need new materials to address learning loss, The Learning List is a free directory of more than 15,000 K-12 materials organized by grade level and subject that can save you hours of work.

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