Thursday, August 27, 2015

What data should teachers review in the first few weeks of school?

As rosters are finalized, final classroom preparations are made, and schools open, there is a wealth of data available to teachers to support them in meeting the needs of their students on day one. Rather than combing through all of the data readily available, here are some suggestions for where teachers might focus their review in the first few weeks of school:

Who are your new students?  What are their needs?

  • To unpack these questions, teachers should be familiar with the services students are participating in- 504 plan or IEP, ELL support, speech and language services, guidance, etc.  
  • EWIS- EWIS, or early warning indicator system, data provides a "risk factor" indication for each student, based on their attendance, mobility, ELL status, prior MCAS scores, suspensions, and other factors.  Understanding students' risk factors can support teachers in identifying which students may need additional support, and for middle and high school teachers, which students are at-risk for dropping out.
  • ACCESS scores- frequently the ELL instructors are familiar with students' ACCESS scores, but the general classroom teacher is not.  However, understanding which ACCESS levels your students fall under for listening, speaking, writing, etc. can help you determine your homogenous groups and determine what further supports your students need in building their language fluency.  
  • End of year benchmarks- while you get to know your students and begin assessing their current reading levels, take a look at DIBELS, interim assessment, DRA or other end of year benchmarks.  Scores from last May-June can support early development of homogenous groups while you continue to assess your students, as well as tell you where the students left off at the end of last year!

Monday, August 17, 2015

MCAS Update- Preliminary Data Has Been Released!

MCAS Update

The second preliminary release of MCAS and Growth data reached Edwin Analytics on Thursday, August 13th. Data releases are announced on the EA Home tab when they occur so please remember to check there for confirmation before running reports. As stated on the Home tab, the data is still embargoed until the September release when state aggregations and CD status will be made available.
Classroom reports with End of Year (EOY) results rely on accurate EPIMS and SCS submissions from the districts. EOY EPIMS and SCS collections are scheduled to close in August and then go through a data quality validation process before they reach Edwin Analytics later in the fall. In the meantime, classroom reports can be run using:
  • SIF 2015 submissions up until the time that SIF is rolled over to the 2016 school year. Please note, however, that if your SIS has already exited your 2015 students, you will have no 2015 EOY classroom data from SIF.
  • October 2014-15 EPIMS and SCS submissions. The October submission is an option on some of the classroom reports including IT516, GR501, PE506, and PE520.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

New to Edwin

If your students took the MCAS last year, you may have already seen your preliminary data available in Edwin.  But there are some new support features of Edwin that are coming soon, later this summer

Coming Soon: Data In Action Videos

The Department of Ellementary and Secondary Education (ESE) has developed short, on-line videos to support educator use of the agency's suite of data reporting tools: Edwin Analytics, School and District Profiles, and DART. These tutorials provide an overview of specific data reports, how they can be effectively used, and where to go for additional information. Look for the 'Learn More' icons embedded in the data reporting tools. They are not yet available but are due out this summer.