Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Preliminary MCAS Results - June Release Schedule Posted


DESE has posted the schedule for the June release of 2011 preliminary MCAS and MCAS-Alt results. This data release will include full preliminary MCAS results for ELA, multiple-choice results for Math and STE (grades 5 and 8), and full MCAS-Alt results. This preliminary information is embargoed; it may be used for instructional planning, but it may not be discussed with the public or press.

Here's a summary of the schedule:

June 15 - ELA Composition images at the MCAS Service Center Website
June 16 - MCAS-Alt Portfolio feedback forms available in DropBox
June 16 – Excel Data Files with preliminary student results in Dropbox
June 17 - Preliminary student roster reports posted in DropBox
June 20 - Preliminary school/district reports posted in DropBox
June 24 - Selected reports available in Education Data Warehouse
August TBD - Full preliminary results available

Two MCAS reporting teleconferences are planned to assist superintendents and principals in their review of the preliminary results and reporting of discrepancies. The first is on June 16 at 2:30 pm, and the second is June 17 at 10:00 am (register via www.mcasservicecenter.com).

EDW staff are putting in place several strategies for this June release to minimize traffic jams in the EDW, including links to pre-run versions of popular reports. Stay tuned for more details.

Please visit the Commissioner's memo for more details of the MCAS release schedule as well as the MEPA results schedule.

Monday, May 23, 2011

New Class Size Reports and other SCS Reports


The DESE has released a series of reports based on the Student Course Schedule data collection, including reports with average class size information. For many years, the closest the DESE was able to come to this statistic was student/teacher ratio and those data were often used inappropriately. Two reports are now available in the public School and District Profiles page, and five additional reports are available through the EDW.

School and District Profiles
Average class size data can be found in the statewide reports on the Profiles homepage, by clicking on the “Quick Statewide Reports” dropdown menu on the right. Both reports allow the user to filter between the district and school levels and also look at all subjects combined or choose one specific subject.  Each of the reports contain data for the state at the bottom of the page and all of the data can be downloaded into Excel or a PDF.

The data can also be found in the individual school or district profiles, on the “Students” tab.

EDW
Five new reports are now available in the EDW in Public Folders > ESE SCS Analytical Reports:
  • Classes Taught by Highly Qualified Teachers
  • Teacher Retention by School Poverty Level
  • Class Size by Course Level and by School Poverty Level
  • Course Completions and Passing Rates
  • Student Marks Distribution by Class Size

Please note that these reports include the certified data for your own district plus statewide data from the 378 districts that certified their collections on time. The EDW team requests that users review the SCS Report Release Notes in that same folder, and understand that these reports may be modified as the data are reviewed.

Monday, May 2, 2011

EDW Advanced - Upcoming Workshop

GBDSAC is offering at no cost to districts an Education Data Warehouse (EDW) Advanced workshop. This workshop builds on the Introduction course with a focus on the more advanced functionality of the EDW, including the data cubes. This workshop draws from the DESE data warehouse course DW202 and is appropriate for district and school administrators who have completed the Introduction to the EDW course. Participants will have an opportunity to work with their own school/district data.

When: June 9, 8:30-12:30pm
Where: Shore Collaborative in Chelsea
To Register: Email joyce.jackson@dsacma.org

Please note: Priority will be given to Level 3 Districts through Friday May 27th, 2011. After this date, registration will open to all Greater Boston Districts.

Introduction to the EDW - Upcoming Workshop

GBDSAC is offering at no cost to districts an Introduction to the Education Data Warehouse (EDW) workshop. This session will focus on the basic functionality of the EDW and explore the various reports available in the tool, drawing from the DESE data warehouse courses DW101 and DW201. This workshop is appropriate for district and school administrators. While sample data will be used for the introductory activities, participants will have an opportunity to work with their own school/district data.

When: May 19, 8:30-12:30pm
Where: Shore Collaborative in Chelsea
To Register: Email joyce.jackson@dsacma.org

Please note: Priority will be given to Level 3 Districts through Friday May 6th, 2011. After this date, registration will open to all Greater Boston Districts.