Possible reasons for this:

  • My assessments are not giving me a clear picture of student understanding.

    This is your underlying reason if:

    • Some of my assessment questions confuse students or inadvertently give away answers.
    • My assessments may not cover all of the unit's objectives, or may asses them only at a superficial level.
    • I can say that Student X got an 80% on a test, but I have a hard time identifying which specific learning objectives he/she has mastered.
  • I am not gauging the extent of my students’ understanding often enough.

    This is your underlying reason if:

    • During my lessons, I am not totally cognizant of the extent to which each student understands what I'm teaching.
    • I’m not administering many quick end-of-lesson assessments (either because I’m not planning them or because I'm running out of time).
    • I sometimes do not get around to grading assessments for several days.
  • I am not tracking student performance in a useful, actionable way.

    This is your underlying reason if:

    • I just can't seem to find the time to track.
    • I'm grading assessments and recording grades in my grade book, but I'm not tracking assessment results in terms of students' mastery of specific objectives.
    • If a colleague were to ask me to break my students into subgroups based on shared patterns of content mastery, I'd be a little stumped.
    • I don't ask myself what students' assessment results tell me about what I should do differently from here on out.

What you can do