Schoolnet has two different tools for monitoring performance: one that assesses students and one that assesses teachers. The Assessment & Reporting tool (A&R) is used for creating online student assessments and analyzing a variety of student achievement data over time. The Educator Development Suite (EDS) is a tool for performing teacher observations, tracking professional goals and managing professional development content. EDS cannot be purchased separately.
With A&R, districts can create online assessments and monitor student performance. Administrators can create formal assessments (benchmarks) and teachers can create informal assessments (class tests) online and assign them to students. The results from these assessments are tracked in a variety of dashboards and reports.
Teachers can use the tool to analyze student achievement data and to help them plan instruction. They can also group students by performance levels for intervention, create and save instructional materials such as lesson plans and resources, and browse through a bank of district-approved materials.
Administrators can use the tool to monitor student achievement data across the district. They can see average scores and standards mastery, and can compare student performance by class, school, region and district. In addition, district administrators can identify several district-wide metrics they would like to track, such as attendance rates, and monitor them from their dashboard.
EDS is a tool that supports administrators in performing teacher observations, tracking progress toward goals, and managing professional development resources. Everything in EDS is aligned to a set of professional teaching standards that the district chooses. Districts, administrators, and teachers can create goals aligned to these standards and monitor their progress over the course of the year. Additionally, principals can use observation forms to record their observations and track teacher performance throughout the year.
Student achievement data from A&R is not integrated with teacher evaluation forms or goal forms in EDS.
Lastly, EDS includes a learning management system that allows administrators to create a bank of supplemental materials for teachers, and to manage in-person trainings. Content can be uploaded or linked to from third-party providers. It can also be assigned to individuals or groups. Teachers can rate existing content, submit proposals for new content and track the credits they have earned over the year.
Assessment & Reporting
- Create and administer online assessments
- Create or integrate assessment items (including technology-enhanced items)
- Analyze and compare student achievement data
- Group students by performance on assessments
- Create unit plans, lesson plans and resources
- Create a bank of instructional resources for teachers
Educator Development Suite
- Create formal goals aligned to standards and monitor progress on them
- Schedule and record observations and monitor teacher progress throughout the year
- Create or integrate materials into the content repository
- Recommend content to individuals and groups
- Track PD credits
The Assessment & Reporting tool (A&R) lets teachers and administrators create their own assessment from scratch, or select one from a bank of pre-made assessments for informal or formal testing. A variety of tools (like rulers) can be embedded and comment boxes can be added for student feedback about the assessment. A&R supports 12 different types of assessment items including drag and drop, hot-spots, grids, and matching. Also, meta-data such as cognitive difficulty levels (i.e. Webb’s DOK) can be tagged.
A&R also allows teachers and administrators to compare students’ performance by class, school, region, and district. This helps administrators understand the bigger picture of how their students are performing against other student groups so that expectations can be adjusted as needed. Comparative information is available for standardized tests and benchmark assessments. Teachers can also compare an individual student's performance on his or her assessments over the year to monitor the student’s growth.
EDS supports teacher learning in two ways that are personalized and efficient. First, administrators can create an “initiative” such as “early literacy” and enroll teachers for whom this content is relevant. Then, the administrator can push the curated content to the appropriate teachers’ profiles. Any changes the administrator makes including adding new content will be automatically displayed on each enrolled teacher's profile.
In addition, observation forms can include links to video exemplars and links to filtered searches in the content bank. Teachers can look at their evaluation and immediately see an example of what proficiency looks like for each standard. If they would like to learn more they can click on a link next to each standard to see a list of resources that are aligned to that standard in the content bank.
Types of Schools Using It
Schoolnet is mostly used in large districts as a single system that can manage student assessment data. In recent years more mid-sized districts and small districts have come on board. Most implementations have more than 5,000 students.
How It Works
Assessment & Reporting tool (A&R)
Assessment & Reporting tool (A&R) is Schoolnet’s core product. It can be used alone, or EDS can be integrated.
Teachers and administrators can create formal and informal online assessments using the A&R assessment engine. These assessments can be created manually or automatically using “Express Test.” Assessment items can be created from scratch or imported from a third-party provider. Assessments can be scheduled and assigned to students, and the results can be tracked.
District administrators can create formal assessments using A&R. These are typically benchmark assessments or interim assessments that are summative and district-wide. Teachers can also create assessments. These are usually more informal such as lesson assessments or unit assessments. Tests (items, rubrics, and passages) that are create in A&R can be shared with others and appear in a searchable bank.
To create an assessment from scratch, a teacher first goes to the assessment builder, selects “Create,” and then selects “Create A Test Manually.” The teacher begins by filling out the basic settings for the test such as the name, subject area, grade level, the standard set (i.e. ELA Common Core), the number of questions (i.e. 20), and the score type (i.e. raw score, total score) he or she wants reported.
Teachers can choose a few more settings. They can choose whether they want supplemental tools embedded (i.e. calculator, compass, ruler, protractor etc.), and whether they want students to be able to comment on the test or on individual assessment items. They can even choose to activate a student self-assessment after the test.
After choosing the settings, the teacher clicks “Generate Test” and can either select pre-created assessment items or create their own. Pre-created items are in an item bank. Any user can create or share them and save them for other teachers to use. In addition, districts can integrate assessment items from other sources such as the Pearson Formative Item Bank or the NWEA Formative Assessment Item Bank.
If a teacher wants to create original assessment items, the first thing he or she does is select the item type. The assessment engine supports 11 different item types including multiple choice, true/false, drag and drop, matching, open response, and hot-spots (single & multi-select). Each item type has a different structure for entering information.
When the teacher selects the item type, a template appears with a series of fields for the teacher to fill out. The teacher aligns a standard to the item and adds all of the content including student directions, question stems and answer choices. The teacher can also add passages, can attach supporting documents (i.e. periodic table), and can tag each item with a variety of meta-data including cognitive levels (i.e. Webb’s DOK, Bloom’s Taxonomy). Finally, the teacher saves the item and repeats the process for the rest of the items on the test.
If a teacher wants to share items across their district or school, he or she must submit them for review. If the teacher just wants to use the items for personal use, no review is required.
If a teacher doesn’t have time to build a test from scratch, he or she can create an “Express Test.” To build an “Express Test,” the teacher first enters the basic settings for the test such as the set of standards (i.e. ELA Common Core), grade level, number of questions, and supplemental tools (i.e. calculator).
Then, the teacher chooses the specific standards (i.e. 4.RL.1, 4.RL.2) and clicks “Add to Test Map.” The tool pulls all of the (multiple choice) items aligned to each standard from the item bank. The teacher chooses the number of items per standard he or she wants on the test and clicks “Build Express Test.” The assessment is automatically created.
After building an assessment, the teacher can preview and edit the test before assigning it to students. When the teacher is satisfied with the content, the teacher clicks “Schedule.”
To schedule, the teacher selects the start date and the end date. Teachers can choose a testing window (i.e. test is only available for 2 weeks between 9-12AM, M-F) and the security setting (which includes the option for a secure environment for high-stakes testing). In addition, teachers can choose to time the test and to scramble the questions or answer choices.
Next, the teacher selects the class or the names of specific students and assigns the test. The test appears on each student’s Schoolnet homepage. As students take the test, the teacher can monitor their completion rates. A proctor dashboard is also available to monitor student activity during a summative exam or a secure testing session.
In addition to online assessments, tests created in A&R can be administered offline as well. Teachers can create assessments using the assessment engine and can print the test booklet and answer key for students to complete. (Tests with technology-enhanced items such as drag and drops cannot be printed.) Then, the teacher can import completed answer keys so that the tests are scored and the data is stored in A&R. If the teacher has a classroom response system such as eInstruction, the students can enter their responses using their clickers and their assessment results will automatically be uploaded to A&R in real time.
Teachers can also administer offline assessments that were not created in A&R, and import the students’ results into A&R in a similar way. First, the teacher creates answer keys in A&R for the offline test. When the test is given, the students use the teacher-created, A&R answer keys to answer the test questions. After the test, the teacher can upload the answer keys and the students’ responses will be scored and the data will be stored in A&R.
Student Achievement Data
Teachers and administrators can view a variety of student achievement data in different formats. Teachers and administrators can compare student performance across the district on benchmark assessments and standardized tests. Teachers can analyze student performance overtime and micro-analyze their performance on individual assessments in order to plan for instruction.
There are a couple of places to find student achievement data in A&R. One way is to click on the “Classroom” tab and select “Student Performance.” Teachers can find each class’s benchmark results and class test results summarized on individual tabs. Teachers can drill down into individual exams, individual students, or specific standards either by clicking on individual tests or by clicking on the additional tabs for more information (i.e. “Item Analysis”).
Another way to access the same student achievement data is through a dynamic, at-a-glance summary on the teacher or administrator’s A&R homepage called “Classroom Assessment Monitor.” This summarizes relevant student achievement data for teachers (and administrators) and allows teachers to drill down to the same type of information that’s available to them in the report-builder tabs under “Classroom” and “Student Performance.”
When a teacher logs into A&R, the first thing they see is the “Classroom Assessment Monitor.” The teacher then chooses the class he or she would like to view from a drop down menu (i.e. 8th Grade Literature Period 1 or 4th Grade Math). Next, the teacher selects the tab with the data he or she wants to view: benchmark test, teacher-created test, or standardized test. The scores for the class’s latest tests appear. The proficiency ranges associated with the overall class average scores are shown in a colored bar graph to make visualizing the students’ performance easier.
Next, teachers can drill down to find out specific information about each class’s performance on a specific assessment. The teacher selects the assessment he or she would like to see from a drop down menu. Basic information about the test appears such as the number of questions, the average score, and the number of tests that were submitted.
If the teacher chooses a district benchmark assessment he or she can see four bar graphs comparing his or her class’s performance to other students’ performance in the district. Teachers can compare groups of students in their class to how groups of students in their school, in their region, and in their district performance on the same assessment.
After comparing their class’s performance on the assessment, teachers can drill down and compare the individual performance of each student in their class. The average score and proficiency range (i.e. “Advanced”) are displayed for each student. In addition, a longitudinal summary of each student's performance on his or her assessments is visually displayed in a bar graph (only for the type of assessment selected, such as district benchmarks). This information helps teachers and administrators monitor a student's progress over time.
A&R includes specific reports on student performance that can help teachers plan for instruction and group students by performance levels. In addition, teachers can create unit plans and lesson plans, schedule them for specific dates, and look for instructional materials in the resource bank.
Teachers can drill down to see where students were successful and unsuccessful on a particular assessment by clicking on “Standards Mastery Report” from the Classroom Assessment Monitor on the homepage. The Standards Mastery Report shows how many students scored within each proficiency range on each standard that was assessed. For example, 12 of the students in the class scored “Below Basic” on standard RL.4.1. This information can be helpful for grouping students and for determining which standards the teacher needs to reteach.
Teachers can also see how many times students have been assessed on each standard throughout the year. Lastly, two icons appear next to each standard on the report. One is a link to the A&R resource bank and the other is a link to the A&R lesson planner. Teachers can use these links to immediately plan for standards-based instruction.
If a teacher wants more specific information about how each student answered each question aligned to each standard on the test, the teacher can click on “Item Analysis Report” from the Classroom Assessment Monitor on the homepage. This report shows information on each assessment item that was tested. For each item, teachers can see the standard it is aligned to, the correct answer, and the percentage of students in the class who answered correctly.
In addition, the answer choice that each student submitted for each item on the test is displayed. If a student answered the item incorrectly, the incorrect response is displayed in red. If the student answered the item correctly, a green check appears. Teachers can click on the name of the assessment item in the report and the actual item will appear. This is helpful because teachers can analyze the assessment item and the student responses to try and figure out what students misunderstood.
Teachers can use this data to group students by standards, skills, or misunderstandings. A&R includes a tool for grouping students and documenting what happens in each group. Teachers can group students however they like, and can change the groups at any time. The teacher documents the reason for the group in A&R and then adds his or comments on strengths, weakness, and areas for improvement for students within the group.
In addition to grouping students, teachers can create instructional materials in A&R by going to “Classroom,” selecting “Lesson Planner,” and then selecting “Create Materials.” Teachers can create unit plans, lesson plans, and resources (i.e. web links, documents) by following a 5-step process in A&R.
After the lesson plan, file, or link has been added, the teacher aligns it to a standard, attaches supporting documents, and tags it with keywords. When the teacher is finished, he or she saves the instructional material as a PDF to his or her private account. Instructional materials can be publicly shared in the resource bank after they have gone through the district’s approval process.
Once the teacher creates a lesson plan, he or she can schedule it on the class calendar. Teachers can create a calendar for each class they teach. They can assign academic standards, resources, unit plans, and lesson plans to individual days. Teachers also have the ability to schedule non-instructional events on their calendars such as meetings, holidays and field trips.
If a lesson plan is scheduled for a particular day and it’s aligned to a specific standard, the teacher can click an icon on the calendar date and view their students’ achievement data (from previous assessments). Additionally, if a teacher has a lesson plan scheduled for the day (that is aligned to a specific standard) A&R will recommend additional materials aligned to the standard from the resource bank on the teacher’s homepage.
District administrators can also load third-party content into the A&R resource bank. Pearson can integrate third-party content for a fee.
District administrators can choose goals for the academic year. The goals can be related to issues like student achievement rates, dropout rates, or the number of disciplinary infractions across the district.
In addition to KPI data, administrators also have another dashboard under “School & District Data” called “Benchmark Tests.” This dashboard tracks student proficiency levels across the district on all benchmark assessments. The overall percentage of students who scored at the proficient level on each test is displayed.
Administrators can click on each test name to drill down for more information such as the student achievement levels by demographic and the aggregate standard mastery. Administrators can look at item analysis reports for specific tests and run predictive reports to forecast what they think the student growth will be for the year based on the current assessment data.
Interventions (additional feature for A&R)
Interventions is a tool for monitoring progress and documenting student interventions in a school. Teachers and school administrators can use this tool to document the plan, status, results, and any notes from observations that occur during an academic intervention for a student.
Information is entered manually. Meetings can be scheduled and notes can be taken. A group of staff members can also be given access to a specific student’s intervention page to facilitate communication and transparency among the various adults authorized to work with the student.
Outreach (additional feature for A&R)
Outreach is an additional module that is integrated into A&R. Outreach facilitates communication with teachers and parents. Teachers can create class websites that teachers, students, and administrators can access. Discussion forums are available as well. Topics and threads can be created for announcements (i.e. School is closed today!) or discussions (i.e. How to help your students with math at home).
Educator Development Suite (EDS)
The Educator Development Suite (EDS) is a feature that can be added to the Assessment & Reporting tool (A&R). EDS helps districts manage performance evaluations and professional development resources.
Before a district starts using EDS, the district needs to identify its educator performance standards. The standards chosen by the district become the framework to which content, goals, and observation data is aligned.
Two types of goals can be set in EDS: formal goals and informal goals. However, EDS only tracks progress on formal goals. Goals are created and monitored in two places: the “Professional Growth Plan” and “PD Plan.”
Teachers can create informal goals on the PD Plan. Informal goals are typed into a text box on the PD Plan and then submitted to an administrator for approval. At the end of the year a teacher self assesses progress on his or her informal goals.
Teachers create formal goals on the Professional Growth Plan in EDS. When setting formal goals, teachers can select their own goal(s) from the set of teaching standards defined by the district. School administrators can assign goals to the whole staff.
The Personal Growth Plan lists each goal and any comments that were added when the standard was selected. It also has a link to the evaluation rubric (used to create the observation forms) and a section where artifacts, including documents and images, can be uploaded by teachers and administrators as evidence of learning.
EDS also helps teachers monitor progress on formal goals by highlighting aligned observation data and student perception data on the goal form. The teacher can view their year-to-date observation ratings on each formal goal they set. For example, if a teacher’s goal is to improve performance on standard 1A, the goal form will show the teacher’s performance on standard 1A from all of his or her observations over the course of the year.
In addition, student perception survey results can be added into the goal form as a way to monitor progress. The student perception survey is mostly a tool for tracking data. To get this data onto the goal form, an administrator first identifies an external student survey they want to use or creates one themselves using any external tool aligning the questions to the district’s teaching standards. After the students take the survey offline, the administrator exports the survey results to a CSV file and then uploads them. The survey results are displayed by standard on EDS where they can be analyzed by each question.
Lastly, district administrators can create a standards-based self-assessment to help teachers reflect on their overall progress. These assessments are created in EDS and look similar to traditional Google Forms with question stems and text boxes. Teachers and administrators can look at the self-assessment data when discussing their goals, but the data from the assessment is not integrated into the goal form.
After a district has chosen professional teaching standards, the district uses them to create a rubric. The rubric becomes the template for all district-wide observations. It has numeric scales for ranking, text boxes for comments, and a space for private notes and uploading artifacts. School administrators can reduce the number of standards on the template in order to make it shorter for a walkthrough.
When an administrator wants to conduct an observation, the first thing he or she does is click on “My Observation Caseload” in EDS. Only authorized teachers’ names will appear on the dashboard. Next to each teacher’s name is a count of how many observations the administrator has conducted that year and a drop down menu for scheduling new observations.
When the administrator clicks on the drop down menu next to a teacher’s name he or she can choose a pre-loaded observation template (i.e. full, partial, walkthrough) and schedule an announced or unannounced observation. If the administrator chooses an announced observation, an automated email is sent to the teacher sharing the date and time, and an appointment is added to his or her calendar. If the administrator chooses an unannounced observation, a calendar invite is only sent to the administrator’s calendar. Automated cancellation emails can be sent as well.
Observation feedback and ratings are entered into the template and supporting images and documents can be attached. When an administrator completes a draft, he or she can share it with the teacher before it is final or can choose to submit it without review. If the administrator chooses to share the draft before marking it final, the teacher can provide comments. In both cases, email notifications are sent.
Administrators can track observations that are final or in progress from their dashboard (“My Observation Caseload”). Teachers can access their individual observation forms from a link on their EDS homepage. Ratings for each standard as well as an overall performance score appear. The overall score is an average of a teacher’s ratings on each standard. The associated performance ranges are determined by the district (i.e. 4.0-4.9 is “Approaching,” 5.0-5.9 is “Exceeding”).
The teacher can click on the “year-to-date” tab to see an overall summary, allowing the teacher to compare individual ratings for all of the standards. The summary shows a side-by-side comparison of the individual ratings the teacher earned on each observation for each standard throughout the year. The teacher can also see his or her overall performance score for each observation.
District administrators can align video exemplars that they have created or integrated from another source to each of the standards on the evaluation form. Video exemplars can be embedded with each standard on the observation form so that teachers can immediately see a positive example of performance.
Links to the content repository are included next to each standard on the observation form. As teachers are reviewing their evaluations on the observation form, they can click on the link and instantly find resources aligned to their areas of need.
Roles determine who can view teacher observation data. The teacher, observer, and anyone with a higher level of rights (i.e. district administrators) can access this information. An administrator can also setup EDS so that individual teachers can perform peer observations.
As of August 2014, the teacher performance data in EDS cannot be integrated with student achievement data in A&R.
In addition to goals and observations, EDS can manage content. The content can include resources and activities, such as an in-person district training. Forms can be created and aligned to activities as content assessments or evaluations. Content can be uploaded by an administrator or integrated from a third-party provider. It can be assigned to individuals, to groups or can be self-selected by teachers. Teachers can also rate content, track their credits and request new content.
As of August 2014, most districts only add independent resources (like PDFs) and their catalog of individual in-person trainings to the EDS content bank. However, the EDS repository is content-agnostic, meaning that any type of content can be added to it. District administrators can also link to online courses and webinars.
When content is added to the EDS bank, it is entered as either a “resource” or an “activity.” These have different functionalities.
“Resources” are usually supplemental materials (ie. Word documents, PDFs, etc.) and links to external websites. Videos created by Pearson can be embedded as resources for an additional fee. All other videos in EDS are either embedded or linked, depending on whether a partnership has already been established with Pearson. (EDS does not host, or store video content).
In addition, resources can be tagged, aligned to standards and tracked. When a teacher finds a resource in the bank, he or she opens it, uses it, and closes it. The resource appears on a teacher’s transcript as complete. Administrators can track whether a resource was opened by the teacher or not.
“Activities” are usually in-person trainings that have been approved by the district, although they can be links to online trainings as well. Content that is labeled as an activity might have a workflow that includes processes for registration, approval, and completion. Waitlists can be added, facilitators can be assigned, and credits can be associated with an activity. Also, activities can have attachments, assessments, and prerequisites.
To add their own activity, administrators first enter basic information like the title and description, the name of the facilitator, and the number of credits awarded. Then the administrator tags the activity (with district-created tags) and aligns it to a standard. If the administrator wants, he or she can upload individual documents as attachments and include web links. If the administrator would like to add a video to the activity, he or she must first create, upload, and publish the video to a site like YouTube. Then the administrator must copy the embed code or link to the video and add it to the activity in EDS.
Administrators can also create forms to assess what teachers have learned from an activity or to evaluate the activity. Forms typically include a multiple-choice question or a prompt with a text box. They can be required in order for an activity to be considered complete. Facilitators are responsible for grading the forms.
After content has been added to the bank, teachers and administrators are ready to get started.
Administrators can manually recommend content to individual teachers. They can also assign specific content to a group of teachers. In addition, teachers can choose content from the repository themselves.
Administrators can assign content to individual teachers by clicking on the “recommend” button next to each activity in the bank. Administrators can also create groups of content called “Initiatives,” and enroll multiple teachers in the group. For example, a district might auto-enroll all of the instructional staff to a group called “Planning for Instruction” to assign them specific content and to track their completion rates, or, a principal might create a group called “STEM” and enroll all the math and science teachers.
Lastly, a teacher can self-select content that he or she is interested in by entering keywords into a search field, or by sorting and filtering. Content can be filtered by rating, date, and relevance (to a users instructional role) as well as by type, subject, grade, standard, date, location, and job category. A calendar view (referred to as PD Calendar) is available as well.
Teachers can also rate resources on a 5-star scale. All resources that the teacher opens are marked as complete on their transcript.
When a teacher has been approved and registered for an activity, it appears on his or her professional development profile under “Activities”. All assigned and self-selected activities appear here (including initiatives), as well as any forms the teacher has completed. Moreover, informal goals (i.e. PD Plan) and official educator certificates and licenses are also displayed here. (A teacher can set a preference so that he or she receives an email notification when a certificate or license is about to expire.)
The facilitator must take attendance during the in-person training and enter it manually into EDS. After the activity, teachers must complete any associated forms, which can be content assessments or training evaluations. The facilitator is responsible for approving the forms and marking the activity as complete for each teacher. Teachers can then rate the activity on a 5-star scale.
Continuing education credits are determined by the district and awarded for completed activities. A transcript, or PDF that lists completed resources and activities with credits earned for one academic year, can be downloaded and printed.
If a teacher is interested in professional development that is not in the bank, he or she can propose an activity by filling out a district-created activity proposal form and submitting it for review. District administrators approve or deny proposals.
How It Is Used
Current Schoolnet users include Denver Public Schools and Metro Nashville Public Schools. According to Pearson, states and districts purchase Schoolnet primarily for the Assessment & Reporting tool (A&R).
As of August 2014, an estimated 10% of Schoolnet A&R customers (i.e. 200 districts) have also purchased the Educator Development Suite (EDS). A&R has primarily been used to promote Common Core-aligned informal and formal assessments, as well as to monitor student progress at all levels.
Over the 2013-2014 school year, 54 volunteer districts in one of the Race to the Top states piloted Schoolnet EDS. District-created content and third-party content was aligned to the state's framework for teaching, and published in the content repository for teachers and administrators to use.
Setup & Implementation
On average, it takes about 90 days to get Schoolnet (A&R and EDS) setup and launched for a district. However, the timeframe and approach can be adjusted to meet the need and readiness of each district. For example, a district can choose to roll out specific features (i.e. EDS Observation) before other features (i.e. EDS PD Management).
Each district is assigned a Pearson Implementation Manager. The Implementation Manager is the district’s main contact and coordinates the involvement of other Pearson team members as needed (i.e. Data Service Engineer, Program Manager etc.).
Pearson cites district administrator buy-in as a key factor for a successful implementation. For example, Austin Independent School District’s Schoolnet implementation plan included a cross-functional central administration team in charge of overseeing the district’s implementation plan. The plan included a phased roll-out and a school-based, train-the-trainer model.
If a teacher or administrator needs assistance, he or she is encouraged to first ask the district’s site administrator for help. The site administrator can contact customer support by phone or email during regular business hours, or send a help request through the online ticketing system, which is available 24/7.
Schoolnet customers also have access to PowerSource, a customer support portal for all Pearson School Systems products. Enhancement requests for Schoolnet features can be submitted here.
According to Pearson, Schoolnet A&R integrates with most third-party student information systems (SIS).
Schoolnet also connects with human resources information systems (HRIS) so that employee information is uploaded automatically. Information such as name, school assignment, teaching assignment, and official certificates can be integrated for each teacher.
Schoolnet can load content for both student learning and teacher professional learning. Additional Pearson content and content through third-party partners (i.e. NWEA Formative Item Bank ) is available for additional fees.
Third-party assessment data can also be loaded. For example, NWEA MAP, ACT, and DIBELS scores can be integrated into the system and tracked over time.
Information that lives in a third-party system (like an SIS) and is integrated into Schoolnet updates nightly.
Schoolnet EDS supports data uploaded as a CSV file.
Districts determine the professional educator standards as well as the student performance standards that are available in Schoolnet. Most A&R and EDS features are aligned to these standard sets. Districts determine the proficiency ranges for students and teachers and can create some custom reports.
Districts or states determine the roles and permission rights for each user in Schoolnet. Individual tasks can be turned on or off for any role. For example, a district might decide that it wants anyone assigned as a teacher to be able to add content to the EDS resource bank, or that anyone assigned as a teacher can change the performance ranges for informal classroom assessments in A&R (i.e. a score of >70 is advanced, rather than >80). Most districts and states, however, use the default roles and recommendations.
Districts also decide what the Schoolnet home pages will look like for each role. Administrators see different information than teachers see. Users can reorganize and remove information that appears on their Schoolnet home page.
- The basic product and most popular offering is the Assessment & Reporting tool (A&R). It is priced per student and the range is usually between $5.00 and $8.50 per student, depending on volume.
- The Educator Development Suite (EDS) is priced per user, ranging from $30 to $80.
- Interventions is a module that can be added to A&R for an additional fee.
- Outreach is a module that can be added to A&R for an additional fee.
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