Kayla Dunigan
Apr 12, 2017

In this article below, we will be focus on Assessments and how to turn the raw data from your students' assessments into insights about progress and achievement so that you can take action to personalize learning goals and even differentiate instruction to help improve outcomes for your students.

There are many types of assessments in practice across NYC schools, but today we will focus on one key assessments: Scantron's Performance Series. While we are exploring this assessment data, it is important to note that these instructions can be used for any formative and literacy assessment that you may need to analyze.

For many schools, it is very challenging to map your core student data and demographics to classroom data and to pull in formative and literacy assessments. This often requires hours of work downloading data to spreadsheets and manually manipulating the data to align. There is significant room for error and the teachers that accomplish this heroic effort quickly realize that their offline data is out-of-date within a week or two.

We are thankful for educators that make the considerable effort for this undertaking, and want to help everyone know that with the tools from IO Education there is a much better way.

The key tool to help solve this is already in use at many schools in NYC.  It is called the Virtual Data Wall, a digital representation of the popular physical data wall that helps teachers visually identify their students' strengths and weaknesses and helps them plan for how to differentiate instruction.

Virtual Data Wall

With the Virtual Data Wall, teachers can easily upload any of their ATS Assessments, third-party assessment and self-created assessment so that they can aggregate the data and do analysis on a complete picture of the students learning.  In addition to assessment analysis, the Virtual Data Wall helps teachers compare assessment to see trends within the same assessment family over time or and evaluate across assessments from STARS, Skedula or ATS results.

In this example, we will show you how to upload assessment results to the Virtual Data Wall and run multiple measure analysis on the assessment.  Click on the image below to exploring how to upload your own Performance Series assessment data from ATS to the Virtual Data Wall.

Click here to view the simple instructions for uploading student assessment data:

8-Steps to Uploading Assessment Data

Now that you have your assessment data in the Virtual Data Wall, it is time to analyze your student data.  Sign into Skedula, select Portals and the IO Insights. Choose your school and then select the Virtual Data Wall in the left-hand menu. If you are a teacher you will see your classes or a school leader can view the entire school.

If this is your first time using the Virtual Data Wall, we encourage you to explore the tool. Don't worry about breaking anything or corrupting the data. Take a moment to explore the views, and use the searching, filtering and grouping tools to help you look at your students from many different angles using all of the data that you have aggregated.

To analyze your newly loaded assessment data, simply click on the assessment button and choose the assessment data that you just uploaded.

Now you can analyze this assessment by looking at each standard and seeing how your students performed. Try to identify deficiencies in each of these standards or overall scores across your class or by sub-groups of students. Take a moment to determine how to plan for how to concentrate your instruction on those specific standards of even the individual need by student.

Once you have done this, explore using additional data points in your evaluation within the Virtual Data Wall to compare with your assessment.

We would recommend using some popular data that is pre-loaded for you:

• Benchmark assessment data
• Grades 3 - 8 state assessments data
• Regents Exams results
• Student flag data
• Report card data
• Attendance data
• Anecdotal data
• Gradebook data
• Other meaningful to helping you understand student progress and growth

While creating the perfect report may be fun, at IO Education we believe that the biggest benefits come from simply using the Virtual Data Wall on a regular basis to check on your students' progress and determine how to differentiate instruction to meet the needs you can now identify through the data.

Topics: Ed Tech Innovation Data Analytics