Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Post for the week of October 8, 2012

Post for the week of October 8, 2012

This week, I'm going to share two resources from the DESE Web site that teachers and schools can use to learn more about their data and the new Frameworks. 

First, the DESE Web site has a searchable database of the standards.  You can use it to search the standards by keywords.  This might be useful if you're having a vertical teaming meeting on poetry, for instance.  You can search the standards by "poetry" and then export the results into different formats (Word and Excel).  Having the right standards on the same page can really help facilitate a good discussion about teaching and learning.


Next, many people know about the "School/District Profiles" tab at the top of the DESE Web site, but they might not know how useful it is.


Under the "assessments" tab, there are a lot of useful resources--MCAS performance at each performance level vs. the state (advanced, proficient, needs improvement, warning/failing), annual comparisons (how MCAS achievement has changed over the past few years), and item by item MCAS results (print the test to see which items your students did well on) are just a few of the available options.  Teachers can easily look at their most recent data without access to a more sophisticated database. 

If you read this blog, make sure you check out our data blog too!


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