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Assessment Data and Student Information Systems

posted Nov 8, 2010, 12:55 PM by Lawrence Esplin
Consider the Source
Where is our data? How can we access it? How is it entered? Rate each sources' validity (the quality of supporting the intended point or claim; soundness or cogency) and reliability (dependability: the quality of being dependable or reliable.) Authenticity (The quality of being authentic?) 
  • SIS data R __  V __
    • Entered at the school, based on parent, schol and teacher data
    • Audited by school, state and district
    • Weakness?
    • Strengths?
  • COGNOS R __  V __
    • Preprint from SIS
    • Class data bubbled on paper tests
    • All file and Clearinghouse report
    • SERF Disk
    • Weakness?
    • Strengths?
  • SERF R __  V __
    • Preprint from SIS
    • Class data bubbled on paper tests
    • All file and Clearinghouse report
    • Pro - Con
  • State Data View R __  V __
    • Preprint from SIS
    • Class data bubbled on paper tests
    • All file and Clearinghouse report
    • Pro - Con
  • Local assessment R __  V __
    • Teachers
    • Assessment Applications
    • Pro - Con
  • Formative and Benchmark R __  V __
    • Teachers
    • Assessment Applications
    • Pro - Con
Common Identifiers and Indicators
Are there unique identifiers linking students, teachers, classes, schools and districts? Can apples be compared to oranges? How? GPA vs Assessment Score, Formative vs Summative Score, Predictability of assessment vs GPA for success in class, post high education, vocation.
  • Student - SSID, Local LEA ID, Birthday, Name
  • Teacher - Cactus ID, Name
  • Class - Course, Section Number, Core Code, Period and Day
  • School - School Number
  • District - District Number
  • Test and Course Grouping - Subject
  • Standards and Objectives
  • Subject Area Codes
Consider the User
What does each user want and what do they need. How will they use assessment data? Where is line between need to know and right to privacy? 
  • Teacher
  • Parent - Student
  • School Administrator
  • District Administrator
  • Data Miner
Simplify, Simplify, Simplify - What is  the value of UI?
What is the real purpose of a Student Information System or a Reporting System?
  • When is more less?
  • When is more more?
  • Single Sign On
  • The grass is greener
  • Data Presentation - the missing metaphor - Utility, Aesthetics, Ethics and Logic of information
  • The Golden Mean of 
  • 80-20 Rule for assessment data
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