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The Case for Assessment Literacy: Why It’s Critical for All of Us

The Case for Assessment Literacy: Why It’s Critical for All of Us

In the words of Dr. W. James Popham, assessment literacy “describes a person’s understanding of what education tests can do—and what they can’t. To be assessment literate, one needs to comprehend the basic concepts and procedures of education tests likely to influence education decisions.” Essentially, assessment literacy means we have broad knowledge and skills around … Continue reading The Case for Assessment Literacy: Why It’s Critical for All of Us

4 Types of Filters to Help You Find Patterns in Your Data

4 Types of Filters to Help You Find Patterns in Your Data

Schools and districts have increasingly turned to data visualization tools to better (and more quickly) understand their student data. At the student level, visualizing data can inform MTSS processes, intervention selection, at-risk identification, and more. At the class, grade, school, or district level, data visualization can help us “find patterns.” How many times have we … Continue reading 4 Types of Filters to Help You Find Patterns in Your Data

From Data Dolt to Superhero: Leveraging Micro-Data Trends for Personalization

From Data Dolt to Superhero: Leveraging Micro-Data Trends for Personalization

This brief was published originally by The Learning Counsel. It addresses the data issues that keep leaders from getting to real personalization from data collection, and provide the five steps to becoming a data superhero. Micro-data is an observation data-point collected on an individual subject—a statistical unit, as in one question with answer, one quiz, … Continue reading From Data Dolt to Superhero: Leveraging Micro-Data Trends for Personalization

What’s So Great About Data Driven Instruction?

What’s So Great About Data Driven Instruction?

Presented by Mark Adato – Transcription Below   Introduction Welcome to the “Illuminate Whiteboard Series.” My name is Mark Adato. I am an Implementation Manager on the D and A Team, and today, we’re talking about data driven instruction. So let’s talk about the components that go into the data driven instruction cycle, there are … Continue reading What’s So Great About Data Driven Instruction?

Does Your School District Need a Data Dashboard?

Does Your School District Need a Data Dashboard?

The most popular analogy used to describe a data dashboard is a car’s dashboard, which gives instant access to critical information. An automobile dashboard allows the driver to view the various instruments to monitor the many functions of the car and engine. In a car, the instruments will instantly tell you the status of fuel … Continue reading Does Your School District Need a Data Dashboard?

How IDEA Public Schools is Getting Data into the Right Hands

How IDEA Public Schools is Getting Data into the Right Hands

Since 2001, IDEA Public Schools has grown from a single school with 150 students to a network that currently serves 36,000 students and plans to grow to 100,000 students by 2022. IDEA has schools in the Rio Grande Valley, Austin, and San Antonio, and will open schools in Southern Louisiana and El Paso for the … Continue reading How IDEA Public Schools is Getting Data into the Right Hands

Can State Reporting for Schools be Easy?

Can State Reporting for Schools be Easy?

Presented by Rebecca Coleman – Transcription Below Introduction Welcome to the Illuminate Whiteboard Series. My name is Rebecca Coleman, and I am a Customer Success Manager on the Illuminate Student Information System team. Today, we’re gonna talk about making state reporting a piece of cake. First, we’re gonna take a little brief at why is … Continue reading Can State Reporting for Schools be Easy?

Will Machine Learning Change the Path of K-12 Education?

Will Machine Learning Change the Path of K-12 Education?

The Technology for Education’s Moonshot is Here K-12 education is long overdue for its moonshot, that amazing technological breakthrough—like the actual lunar landing or the recent development of the self-driving car—that will take student learning to the next level and close the achievement and opportunity gaps once and for all. Consider the self-driving car for … Continue reading Will Machine Learning Change the Path of K-12 Education?

Writing a Continuous Standards-Story for Students

Writing a Continuous Standards-Story for Students

Educational reform has taken many forms throughout history. But all reform efforts are based on the premise that improvements made to the educational system will have large returns to society. In particular, in the form of increased well-being and decreases in long-term societal costs. In the 1980s, a marked change took place in the approach … Continue reading Writing a Continuous Standards-Story for Students

Breaking Down Silos to Turn Data into Action

Breaking Down Silos to Turn Data into Action

  As educators, we understand data’s vital role in providing insights that can lead to better student outcomes. But too often, academic, behavioral, and cultural data stays in the system it’s housed in and never gets a chance to drive a holistic approach to educating students. With no easy way to access so-called data “silos,” … Continue reading Breaking Down Silos to Turn Data into Action