DATA What it means & how it can help

PA School Performance Profile - it is one number, it is public, and it has an impact on the school community.

  • Achievement - % proficient/advanced and closing the achievement gap -50% of score
  • Growth - PVAAS 40% of score

Achievement is a snapshot of where students are academically, but the data needs to be explored in depth to get the details and patterns that make it useful. While the overall SPP provides an initial number and the calculations that make up the SPP show a breakdown by subject level, what the public sees is not enough information to understand what is happening or get to why it might be happening.

Finding the Data

One of the tools provided free by PDE is e-metric. With access to this site you can generate reports for PASA, PSSA, Keystones. Reports can focus on performance level, performance on assessment anchors, disaggregated by subgroup, individualized, and shown as a graph.

Measures of growth are the other main component of the SPP and in Pennsylvania growth is determined by PVAAS. PVAAS is also reported publicly, but what is shown does not have enough detail to be truly helpful. Within PVAAS there are several reports that can be accessed. Three main reports are:

1. Value Added Reports - analyze available data from previous years to evaluate how much students have grown in a school year.

2. Diagnostic Reports -show academic growth disaggregated by students’ with varying achievement

3. Projection Reports - provide educators with information regarding the possible future academic achievement of an individual student on a future assessment. Projections are possible to future PSSAs/Keystones as well as AP, SAT, PSAT, and ACT.

So e-metric provides data on achievement and PVAAS on growth, but both are based on the same state assessments. However it is a good idea to look for other sources of data. For data outside of the annual state assessments there are options. Some of these options allow for multiple checkpoints in a school year as well as an immediate turn around of results.

Classroom Diagnostic Test (CDT) - this is a free resource provided by PDE and training is provided both through DRC as well as members of the Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning staff at DCIU.

Other assessment data are available depending on what your district is willing to purchase. These include: NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), iReady, DIEBLES etc...

In addition to assessment data there are a wide variety of other data that provide additional context as to potential root causes of assessment results.

If you would like a consult or assistance with the discovery, organization and/or explanation of your specific data please contact me through the Curriculum Instruction and Professional Learning department of DCIU.

Andrew Coonradt -Instructional Initiatives Coordinator 610-938-9000 ext 2042

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