2012 SCORE Prize Winners: Using Data to Enhance Learning - Page 2

USING DATA TO ENHANCE STUDENT LEARNING Teachers in each school are required to engage in comprehensive analysis of test results for their students and develop a summary of outcomes and action steps for improvement. Data are shared with each student, and his or her parents know what the student has mastered and which standards still need to be addressed. In several schools, information on standards mastery for each student is sent home as part of the nine-week report card. Assessment systems. Hamblen County has trained its leaders to integrate formative and summative assessments seamlessly into instruction. The curriculum leadership team engaged in several book studies, including an analysis of Jan Chappuis’ Seven Strategies of Assessment for Learning, which organizes assessment activities around the questions of “Where am I going?,” “Where am I now?,” and “How can I close the gap?” The group also read Ahead of the Curve, a collection of articles edited by Joseph Ellis, and discussed the challenges of assessment from a classroom, system, and leadership point of view. Data warehouse system. Hamblen County’s data warehouse system is accessible on its district website and houses aggregated and disaggregated test scores in 10 areas, including Adequate Yearly Progress, test scores for grades 2-8; Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) data; attendance and graduation rates; ACT, EXPLORE, PLAN, AP; Gateway and End-of-Course exams; writing assessments; suspensions and expulsions; and student demographics. When the district receives data from the state, the district leadership team verifies calculations, encourages principals to check the accuracy of all data, and poses questions to the state department and to the SAS Institute, the state’s TVAAS provider. Examining the data in this fashion develops the data literacy of district educators. School and district data are provided from the district office in a form that is accessible and easily understood by faculty and staff. “Hamblen County Data Dashboard” http://hamblencounty.schoolinsites.com/ ?DivisioniD=3780&toggleSideNav= The district also collects and analyzes data from the Jump Start kindergarten program, which is an annual event that occurs each July during which incoming kindergarten students are invited to attend half-day kindergarten for a week. During this time, they become oriented to the school building and school routines and are pre-assessed by a certified teacher who provides data to kindergarten teachers to use beginning on the first day of instruction in the fall. Hamblen also takes careful steps to ensure that it uses its teacher assessments and evaluations to help educators and students benefit the most from them. In addition to the group walkthroughs conducted to assess rigor in classrooms, the district hosts multiple model school collaboration meetings that focus on the implementation of the state’s teacher evaluation system in the district. Discussions focus on how to implement the system with fidelity and consistency and how to organize the support of the central office to help administrators in this task. System data coaches. Recognizing the key role that data analysis plays in supporting school improvement, leadership development, and teacher growth, Hamblen County employs a system data coach. School data teams work with the data coach to disaggregate data, analyze trends, and discover areas of strength and weakness. They then work with the district’s department of instruction to design interventions in response to the needs. 23 Pathways to the Prize Lessons from the 2012 SCORE Prize District Winner