Friday, October 26, 2012

2012 Cohort Graduation Rate Data – Ready for Review

Cohort graduation rate data is available for review! The notice below was in the weekly Commisioner's Update from DESE. As you all know, the cohort graduation rate is one of the indicators in the state accountability and assistance system so please, if you are involved in this data, take this opportunity to review the accuracy of the information your district has submitted! It could impact the final rates that are released later this winter.

"ESE has posted 2012 cohort graduation rate data for districts to review and make corrections to individual student data. See "2012 Graduation Rate Reports" on the Security Portal at Aggregate rates have not yet been provided. Corrections will not be accepted through email or over the phone. The only mechanism to make corrections to these data is through the October SIMS submission. The final graduation rates will be made publicly available in January 2013 once the October 2012 SIMS data have been certified and the calculations have been completed. The application can be accessed with a username, password, and the SIMS Data User role. Should you or your staff have any questions on the correction process, please contact your District Support Specialist. A listing of those individuals is located at The deadline to correct these graduation rate data coincides with the October SIMS submission deadline, which is Nov. 15."

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

EWIS Data for Grades 1-12 Now Available

DESE released Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) data recently for all students in grades 1-12. The EWIS provides information for each student enrolled in grades 1-12 on their likelihood of reaching important education milestones along the academic continuum. There are three risk levels: Low, Moderate, and High. A student that is “low risk” is predicted likely to meet the academic goal(s) for his/her grade grouping.

DESE is offering two more webinars to discuss EWIS (Oct 11th at 8:30 and Oct 18th at 3:00). The webinar will provide an overview of the EWIS, including: how it was developed, key concepts, what it is/ is not, and how to access. Click on this link to register.

All districts have EWIS student-level reports (by grade level) and EWIS overview, Q&A, and district summary documents in the College and Career Readiness Dropbox in the Security Portal. This may be accessed with the district role of College and Career Readiness User. Your district’s Directory Administrator (DA) can assign staff this role. You can find your DA in this list:

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

2012 MCAS in the Cubes and new FAQ

DESE recently updated the EDW MCAS cubes with 2012 data. You can find the cubes from either the District tab or the School tab in the EDW, near the bottom on the left side of the page, under the header “Data Analysis Cube”. If you click the link ESE Cubes, you will open a folder with both the cubes and supporting documentation (a handbook and an up-to-date FAQ). If you want to analyze data for your school or district, you should open the MCAS Default View cube. You could also open the folder “Starting Points (Cube Views)” to see cube views that may meet your needs. A cube view has already been manipulated and saved to present the data in a particular way. The currently available cube views include:
  • MCAS % Correct by Strand and Topic Trend
  • MCAS CPI Trends by Grade Level
  • MCAS Demographic Trends
  • MCAS Performance by Grade Level
  • MCAS Performance by Year
  • MCAS Performance by Gender by Subject
  • MCAS Special Education Performance Gap Trends
  • MCAS Subject, Strand, Topic, Question Type, % Correct compared to State by Subgroup (SPED)
  • MCAS Weighting by Strand and Topic Level

The State MCAS Default View cube is available for training purposes and contains only state-level data.

If you manipulate the cube and would like to save it as your own cube view, you can click the Save As icon in the lower right corner and save it to your My Folders tab or your District Folder. (Don't worry, you can't accidentally overwrite the public cube views.) This is similar to saving Report Views. If you'd like to convert the cube view to PDF for printing/saving outside of the EDW, click the File button in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen (looks like a page) and choose Export PDF. The File button will also allow you to export the data into Excel.