Student Performance Management

Best Practices in Student Data Management Symposium

Student data management is a key component of Ohio’s education reform plan. A common finding among high performing schools – in Ohio and nationally – is that they make student data easy and actionable for teachers, parents and administrators.

On January 21st, the Ohio Grantmakers Forum made it possible for 150 school leaders, teachers, and curriculum coordinators to come together to share practices, experiences and ideas in student data management to improve student achievement across Ohio.

The “Best Practices in Student Data Management” Symposium provided in-depth information on Instructional Improvement Systems (IIS) and showcased schools and districts that have all or most of the components of an IIS in practice.

Symposium presentations included Don Ginder, of the Center for Education and Learning Technology, explained the elements of an Instructional Improvement System, and how the state is gathering requirements to create a workable system for Ohio’s schools. Click here to download presentation.Bexley City Schools, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Plain Local, the Classroom Assessment Project, and Dayton Early College Academy demonstrated the tools and other strategies they use to manage continuous instructional improvement. Click here to view the Symposium Brochure.

Tell us your story!
How does your school or district manage data to drive student achievement?

The Ohio Grantmakers Forum is also supporting the publication of a handbook to profile data management strategies in Ohio schools. We invite you to participate in the Case Studies! Tell us how your school or district uses information tools and an information culture to monitor the educational progress of students. We are seeking all types of schools and approaches – from the large and complex, to the home grown and simple, yet powerful. We also want to hear from schools that are seeking data management solutions, to learn how you are going about your information gathering and decision making process. Share your best practices, your challenges, frustrations, and triumphs. All participating schools will receive a copy of the handbook.

Please contact Marianne at (614) 744-2266 ext. 201 or mlombardo@oapcs.org to schedule your school or district’s profile today.

Cleveland Municipal School District Demonstration
Presented by: Eric Gordon, Chief Academic Officer of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and Mark Baumgartner,7th grade ELA teacher and Director of Professional Issues for the Cleveland Teachers Union (CTU)

Eric Gordon, Chief Academic Officer of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), and Mark Baumgartner,7th grade ELA teacher and Director of Professional Issues for the Cleveland Teachers Union (CTU),invite you to take a live tour of the CMSD's Instructional Information System (IIS), SchoolNet. This session will allow participants to see how CMSD uses SchoolNet to present current and historical data, curriculum content and resources, and academic information that informs instructional decisions to teachers and to administrators from grades K through 12. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss how teaching and learning has changed since the implementation of SchoolNet as an IIS in the fall of 2007, and how the use of this Instructional Information System is embedded into the district’s overall Academic Achievement Plan.

Plain Local Schools Demonstration
Presented by: Dave Pilati, Director of Secondary Instruction and Ann Wacker, Data Analyst for Plain Local Schools

Plain Local Schools’ presentation will provide an overview of GlobalScholar's Pinnacle Instruction product to include the following:

  • Managing professional development
  • Conducting data analysis
  • Creating indvidual learning plans for students/Managing the Response to Intervention process
  • Curriculum management
  • Assessment management to include students taking district- and teacher-created assessments online
  • Integration with the Pinnacle Gradebook product
  • How Plain is presently using Pinnacle Instruction to target improved student achievement in 5th grade Reading

Dayton Early College Academy (DECA) Demonstration
Presented by: David Taylor, Principal and Nickie Sattler, Director of Technology, Dayton Early College Academy

The Management Analysis Network or “MAN” is a Student Information System created by DECA, Jobs for the Future, and SysInterface which enables teachers and staff to view and track data for students from grades 9-12. More than just a traditional gradebook, the MAN allows DECA’s teachers to grade students based upon State and National Educational Standards and Indicators. DECA does not give students traditional letter grades, rather the students are “graded” on the number of indicators that they demonstrate Mastery or Proficiency on. The MAN also allows DECA’s staff to track MAP/OGT/ACT/SAT test data, Gateway status, and College Classes, as well as Community Involvement. The MAN is still an evolving tool as DECA is trying to expand the data tracking and reporting capability it provides.

Bexley School District Demonstration
Presented by: Dr. Anne Hyland, Director of Curriculum & Instruction; Paul Ross, Director of Technology and Scott Bushman, District Data Facilitator & Technology Trainer

Bexley City School District’s Instructional Information System includes (1) Date Components: PowerSchool (Pearson) as the Student Information System; a number of external data warehouse sources, including Battelle For Kids; and Pearson INFORM an Internal Date Warehouse that we began using in 2004. (2) Instructional Delivery: Using Sakai ( open source) a collaborative Learning Environment; and a number of technology supported applications and services that support focused learning…AIMS Web, Study Island, Reading Assistant, Lexia, Key Math, Carnegie, Quia, and others.

Classroom Assessment Module (CAM) Demonstration
Presented by: Cheryl Cronbaugh, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center (MOESC)

Since 2005, D3A2’s focus has been on putting tools teachers need to use to analyze student data in their hands in a simple to understand format. D3A2 currently boasts a state assessment tool called the D3A2 Data Tool; the D3A2 Resource Exchange; the D3A2 Classroom Assessment Module; D3A2 Professional Development ToolKit. The ability to combine local SIS data with these tools is also a focus of D3A2. The D3A2 Classroom Assessment Module is built in a tool called Sakai which is most similar to Moodle permitting content management, portfolio, forums and so much more as features are turned on.

Definition of Instructional Improvement System (IIS)*
Instructional Improvement System means tools that provide teachers, principals, and administrators with meaningful support for a cycle of continuous instructional improvement, including activities such as instructional planning; gathering information; interim assessments; analyzing information with the support of rapid-time reporting; using this information to inform decisions on appropriate next steps, and evaluating the effectiveness of the actions taken.

A tool or suite of tools that provide access to:
1. Online access to electronic curriculum, resources and tools aligned to the revised standards;
2. Curriculum customization for differentiated instruction;
3. Online formative assessments;
4. Data-analysis capabilities, and early-warning indicators for teachers, administrators, parents, and students.

*Definition from Race to the Top Requirements