Over the past eighteen months since launching Edulastic we have talked to hundreds of teachers, academic coaches, and curriculum specialists who were eager to share their ideas and experiences. From these diverse voices we kept hearing one consistent theme: They spend too much time assembling assessments, grading, collecting data, and finally making sense of the data.
With their invaluable insights we worked on fine-tuning Edulastic’s teacher version to help teachers administer online assessments for their class periods—effectively avoiding grading piles of paper assessments or handling bubble sheets.
However, the task of managing common formative assessments and collating data at the district level was still a bit clunky. With Edulastic Premium for Admins, our goal is to mitigate these problems by giving district leaders the ability to track student learning across their schools and district; identify who requires support; and transparently see where instruction needs reinforcement.
Introducing Edulastic Premium
Today we are announcing a major upgrade to our application on the district administration side of things. This new version of Edulastic, aims to:
- Streamline Edulastic implementation at the school/district level.
- Simplify administration of common formative assessments.
- Provide detailed reports to convert assessment data into pedagogical action.
With this upgrade, we are announcing the availability of a “district administrator” role in Edulastic. This new role is ideally suited for district assessment coordinators, academic coaches, or instruction specialists. With this new role, district and school leaders will be able to:
Create standardized common assessments: The standardized assessments are ideal for making apples-to-apples comparisons and evaluating what is working and what is not working by comparing different schools, teachers, curriculum, or other pedagogical approaches. The “standardized” nature of these assessments imply that all students get the exact same assessment and only the “District Administrator” has the capability to release the grades for them.
Monitor classroom performance: Teachers like the live, instant view of the assessment progress in Edulastic. With this release, District Administrators also get a “live” view of the assessment progress across the district in real-time. They can also drill down to an individual class view or student view of the assessment performance.
Configurable Mastery Criteria: Another feature in this release is the ability to configure the mastery criteria based on an assessment. You can have a more stringent mastery criteria if the questions in the assessment are easy while having a more relaxed mastery criteria for a different assessment where the questions are more difficult.
District reporting dashboard: District administrators need data to improve education outcomes. Yet collating the assessment performance data across multiple classes and schools and transforming it into actionable insights can be challenging. The reporting dashboard eases this burden by allowing district and school leaders to track assessment performance at the district level—providing an easy way to identify students in need of intervention. The reports are designed to make outliers immediately apparent, allowing you to rapidly identify the struggling school, class, grade, subject, academic domain, or standard.
Robust Actionable Reports
The district dashboard has the following reports to improve data-driven instruction:
- Assessment performance by question: Choose any assessment for a grade and subject and see response frequency for all questions. This report can be used to identify the questions where students performed particularly well or poorly.
- Assessment performance by standard: Identify the domain or standards where students performed particularly well or poorly.
- Assessment progress: Track school, class, or student progress over time.
- Peer performance report: Compare school, class, or student performance on a specific assessment.
- Performance Analysis by domain/standard: Identify the domain or standards across all assessments where students may be struggling.
- Mastery report: This report tracks student mastery using all assessment activity. It identifies the areas where either the assessment progress or mastery over standards may be an issue.
Stay tuned for a follow-up post that will dive deeper into customizing these new reports so district and school leaders can effectively analyze and understand student performance data.