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Patrick, @pmvhoover
District Math, Science, STEM, Assessment Coordinator, North Shore School District 112, Illinois
1:1 devices, College prep classroom, Project-based classroom, Blended learning classroom, Special education students, High ELL population, and Low income population

As a school district, we were trying to find a data warehousing and analytics provider that was dynamic enough to support our ever changing and growing assessment needs.

Product Use: Since using the product, we've been able to continually grow the amounts and types of assessment data that we're inputting into the system. Education Data Solutions (EDS), the parent company, has also integrated with our school information system (SIS) to access much of our historical assessment data as well. This has enabled Teacher Impact Reports to generate locally normed reports as well as set locally normed student growth targets based upon regression analysis applied to our historical data. This last part has been invaluable to our district. As a district with a diverse population of students and substantial student enrollment in special programming, it's essential that we be able to see our students' data not just at grade, sex, age, district, school, etc..., but also as demographic subgroups and programmatic subgroups so that the ways in which we're assessing and reporting around student growth are meaningful and not just broad stroke.

What Worked and What Didn't: What has worked the most is that EDS has done the heat lifting. My prior experience with most product vendors who were offering customizable solutions, were putting the leg work back on the district and simply "consulting" instead of really customizing. Our use of Teacher Impact Reports has been the total reverse. We consult with them and then they put together the solutions package. Owing to their size, the turn around time isn't overnight, but we've anticipated those turn around times and collaborate ahead of time accordingly.

Age Group: Pre-K students, Middle school students, and Elementary school students

Aug 26, 2016 Provide Feedback
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