I don’t even know how many ways I tried to use formative data in my classes in a timely way. It was so hard because it took so much time. Even if my assessment
was short and easy to score, sorting those scores and analyzing the results piece by piece to look for gaps in understanding took time. Sometimes I would only get through one or two periods worth before I had to get myself home, make supper, and go to bed. Then I’d need to be in my classroom at 6 a.m. to try to finish the rest or hope I could whip through them during my prep, provided I didn’t need to cover another teacher’s class. Sometimes I would just apply the weaknesses of first hour to the sections later in the day, foregoing the idea of individualization for hoping I was meeting the needs of most.
The other option was to give myself another day or two to sort through the data – but the more time that elapsed between the formative assessment and my response, the less effective the intervention was for students. It was so difficult to do it the way I wanted to, I always felt like I was sacrificing something.
With Score Analysis, you can see how many students have reached proficiency on an assignment and personalize instruction with just a few clicks.
Score Analysis graphs assignment scores and lets you see a visual representation quickly. And you can create student groups based on what you see! Now you can give an assignment to only the students who need it or are ready for it in a much more timely way. That’s personalized instruction based on data.
Single Assignment Score Analysis View
Score Analysis shows you the distribution of all scored work as well as a breakdown of students for each score. It is easy to see how many students reached proficiency and group students for individualized instruction, whether it be an extension activity or a re-teaching opportunity. You have a quick view of how many students meet or exceed proficiency as well as how many are close to or far from proficiency. When you meet in your PLC to discuss student scores on a particular formative assessment, your data is ready to go. The option to export to CSV allows you to combine data from different sections and even from different teachers to compare, discuss and make plans for improvement.
The image above shows a section’s score distribution of a To Kill a Mockingbird Character Worksheet on top. In this example, there are 10 points possible. The colors represent different levels of proficiency. Students who earned 10 out of 10 are shown in dark green; 8 out of 10 are light green; 6 out of 10 are yellow; and less than 6 are shown in red. If 8 out of 10 or a B- meets proficiency, and 10 out of 10 exceeds proficiency, at a glance, you can see just over half the students meet proficiency or exceed proficiency on this assignment. Hovering over one segment of the graph (as in the image above) shows the percentage of the class and number of students in that score range. Clicking on that section will display only the students whose score falls in that range.
Below the Score Distribution graph is the Student Breakdown table. The color-coding follows the students so you can quickly see which segment on the graph each student is in. Students can be filtered or grouped based on their scores. To group all the students who did not meet proficiency, hold SHIFT to choose those segments (in this example, red and yellow) on the Score Distribution graph. Only students with those scores now show up in the Student Breakdown table (as shown). You can use that information as is, export as CSV, or create a Student Group in Infinite Campus.
Multiple Assignments Score Analysis View
See student progress over time with the Multiple Assignment view. From here, you see all of the assignments in a section for the term. Assignments display in order of due date with the most recent on top so you can quickly compare assignments or look for changes in student performance over time. If you assign a series of formative assessments, this data could help you assess the effectiveness of your instruction.
The filter function also works in this view by holding down SHIFT and clicking on one or more segments of one or multiple bar graphs in the Score Distribution section. Now the Student Breakdown shows student name, assignment, and score information for all of the segments you choose. And exporting this data or creating student groups is just a click away.
Use Score Analysis to help you:
- use data to drive instruction;
- use data to inform PLC conversations;
- analyze student performance over time;
- assess effectiveness of instruction;
- identify students who need additional time and support; and
- personalize instruction based on student need.
For Single Assignment View
From Control Center: Click Score, click on the Assignment Name, click on the graph icon
From Grade Book: Expand the assignment, click Score Analysis
For Multiple Assignment View
From Grade Book: go to Settings, click on Score Analysis