1. Keep it simple – communicate a single idea about student performance.
“Seventh grade reading achievement on the Kansas State Assessments increased 34 percent between 2000 and 2005.”
2. Make the narrative statement short and easy to read.
“The number of English language learners at our school increased from 25 to 45 between 2000 and 2006.”
3. Avoid evaluative statements – just describe what you see in the data, not why or what to do about it.