by Marlon Davis, Ed.M.

Exit Tickets and Entry Tickets and why you should use them

Entry and exit tickets are perhaps the easiest and straightforward way to get the benefits of data for informing and differentiating instruction. Put simply, Entry and Exit tickets are short prompts that can provide instructors and students with a quick check for understanding. These exercises can be collected on 3”x 5” cards or small pieces of paper, or online through a survey or course management system.

Data Driven Exit and Entry Tickets are ones that allow student responses to be collected, reported, and analyzed by software. Digital ‘tickets‘ such as those administered using online or mobile paper scanning tools are examples of Data Driven Tickets. Data Driven Tickets offer educators deeper insights in less time than verbal or written Tickets.

The top 5 reasons you should use Data-Driven Entry and Exit Tickets in your next class

There are many reasons to use entry and exit tickets, from fostering student engagement to providing valuable guidance to both you – the teacher – and each student. When administered using a digital assessment tool to save time and preserve data, exit and entry tickets…

  1. Foster student engagement and participation of each student by providing them with knowledge about their own learning
  2. Prompt for students to focus on key concepts and ideas
  3. Offer a high return of instant, usable information for the amount of time invested, especially when you use an app
  4. Provide important feedback for the instructor that can be useful to guide teaching decisions, such as course pacing, quick clarification of small misunderstandings, and identification of student interests and questions.
  5. Even though they take time to do, they ultimately save time by reducing the number of students who need serious remediation late in the semester or in following years.

Want to learn more about how to build and administer entry and exit tickets?

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About the Author

Marlon Davis is a school turnaround specialist who trains principals on leadership, parent involvement, change management, and data-driven instruction. A former teacher, school principal and charter school executive director in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mr. Davis holds an M.Ed. in education leadership from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.