Annotated Sample Exam | Practical Data Tool by David White

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The Client

Global Community Charter School (GCCS) is an independent, inquiry-based public charter school located in Harlem, NY. GCCS serves 450 students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade.

The Problem

Global Community Charter School needed a tool that could assist teachers in delivering targeted instruction. The tool needed to be informed by the results of past NYS CCLS exams.  

The Solution

I created the following data presentation to address the school’s needs:

Key Features & Benefits:

  • The packets’ visual design allows the students’ strengths and areas needing improvement to become immediately apparent.

The Process


In order to prepare the materials needed for this project, I completed the following steps:

☑ Talked to teachers and school leaders in order to gain a clear understanding of their needs and concerns

☑ Gathered the released questions from the NYS CCLS exam

☑ Gathered the results and item analysis of past exams


Having gathered and edited all needed materials, I then used desktop publishing software to  create data packets for school leaders and for each teacher. The packets were used to inform conversations about best practices across different classrooms and across grade levels. Teachers used the packets to plan and deliver targeted instruction.

Testimonials from stakeholders at Global Community Charter School: