Friday, October 30, 2015

Results of the 2015 NAEP Math and Reading Assessment

Overall, in 2015 U.S. fourth and eighth grade students scored 1-2 points below 2013 reading and math scores.  Massachusetts average scores saw no change from 2013-2015 reading and math scores.  Compared with the other 49 states, Massachusetts fourth grade students came in first for reading and math, and first for eighth grade reading and math, scoring well above the national average.



To read the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's related press release, visit: http://www.doe.mass.edu/news/news.aspx?id=21276

The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) is a reading and math assessment given every two years to provide a national measure of how students are performing across the U.S. and across individual states.  NAEP is currently administered as a pencil and paper test in math, reading, civics, economics, science, writing, the arts, technology and engineering literacy, U.S. history, and geography.  A representative sample of schools is selected from each state (about 100 schools and 2,500 students per state).  Students are then randomly selected as NAEP test-takers within the identified schools.  For more information on NAEP visit: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/

Thursday, October 22, 2015

"What to Look For" Observation Guides

Looking to improve your observation skills, particularly in a content area that you are less familiar with?  Want to gather higher quality qualitative data about student progress and classroom instruction?  The "What to Look For" Observation Guides, available on the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website, describe what observers should expect to see in classrooms at each grade level in math and science.  The guides are aligned with state learning standards and include the knowledge and skills students should be learning and demonstrating.

A similar guide is also available for observing inclusive practices: http://www.doe.mass.edu/edeval/guidebook/observations.html

Guides for observing English Language Arts practices are expected to be released in December 2015.

"What to Look For" guides for observing ELL practices are currently in development.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

What classroom reports are available on Edwin?


Edwin offers several classroom level reports that can support teachers in reviewing start-of-school year and end-of-school year information, as well as information on teacher performance.  Below is a breakdown of available classroom level reports:

  • Classroom Standards Summary (PE506):  MCAS % correct by standards and question type for classroom(s).
  • Classroom MCAS Results (CU522): MCAS achievement distribution, median SGP and % correct by standards and question type at the classroom level.  Optional filters include student subgroups and EWIS risk levels.
  • MCAS Classroom Item Analysis Roster (IT516):  MCAS item analysis roster for the classroom(s).  It includes average raw scores, median scaled score and median SGP for the classroom and can be run for multiple teachers and classrooms.
  • Student MCAS Item Analysis (IT523): MCAS item analysis roster for the classroom.  It runs for one classroom at a time, but can include multiple grade-level tests in a multi-grade classroom.  Optional filters include student subgroups and EWIS risk levels.
  • Achievement and Growth by Teacher (PE520):  Provides a 1 year summary of student MCAS achievement distribution, median SGP and growth distribution.  This report runs for a specific MCAS grade-level test, and can be run for multiple teachers and classrooms.
  • Course Three Year Performance Trend (PE521):  3 year summary by course (not classroom) of student MCAS achievement distribution, median SGP, and % correct by standards and question type.  This report can also display AP or SAT results.  It runs for one teacher at a time, but can include multiple MCAS grade-level tests.  Optional filters include student subgroups and EWIS risk levels.