Friday, November 2, 2012

Using ESE School Profiles and EDW School Test Item Analysis Summaries
Did our students learn the [mathematics] content we wanted them to learn?
Why do we think this happened or didn’t happen?*
Do these questions come up in your instructional leadership, coaching, or team meetings?  To facilitate a data-rich dialog a place to start might be your school’s 2012 MCAS test item analysis report.  The report provides:
 - “live” links to the released MSAC question(s)
- school to district comparisons
-  a “sidewalk” connecting 2000/2004 and 2011 standards.
Here is one route to your school’s data.
     Using the pull down menus select, School (the default is district), any grade from your school (the default is grade 10) and Mathematics (the default is ELA) select (click) on the orange arrow.
    Next, scroll the list of schools (alphabetical by town) and select (click) your school. From here navigate using the left side “menu” to view content and grades results.
These reports are accessible to the public. A school can also obtain the information from ESE’s Education Data Warehouse (EDW). Depending on your school/district there may be one or several individuals with access.  If you have access, then the EDW report is IT401 (school level data) or IT301 (district level data). Advantages to EDW reports are additional details, for example standards by domain and cluster  and that data can be sorted by cluster, domain, question type, etc.
 Did our students learn the [mathematics] content we want them to learn?
Why do we think this happened or didn’t happen?*
Now you can begin to address these questions. Perhaps the team can:

      -   Identify strengths and weakness by question type or content.
-    Dig deeper into student learning.  For example, obtain formative information by analyzing common student errors.
-    Have richer conversation by using the “sidewalk” in tandem with K-8 crosswalks,, to inform curriculum framework grade shifts and highlight potential trouble spots.  If this last suggestion sounds intriguing then make sure to check my blog next week for more details!

  *Adapted from Small Steps, Big Changes: Eight Essential Practices for Transforming Schools Through Mathematics, Chris Confer and Marco Ramirez 2012 Steinhouse Publishers

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