Getting a better picture of your students

See scores and student work across time

When I was teaching 10th grade English, each year I knew my students would come with a mix of abilities. Some would come to me reading at grade level, some would be reading at a post-high school level, and some would be reading at 8th, 6th or even a 2nd grade level. Reading level was just the start. I would want more specific information about each student before each unit and each new set of standards. It was my job to figure out where each student was starting and move them forward.That meant spending time at the beginning of each year gathering data. Could I get my hands on previous state test scores? How about grades from last year? Could I find out what teacher(s) most students had for English the year before so I could talk to them? Could I see work samples? Could I get grades from two years ago? How many of my students were at this school last year? Were most of the students who weren’t at this school last year in the district? Could I get information on them?

Sometimes I thought I was being proactive by trying to gather this data before school started – only to have my schedule change one, two, three, or more times during the first week of school.

For schools grading on standards, those worries are handled. Campus Learning’s Standards Portfolio allows a teacher to see student scores and student work across time. Teachers can search for individual standards or can look at a course and see all of the standards associated to that course, along with scores and student work submissions.

That means, if I’m starting a research unit, I could look at the research standards covered not only in 9th grade English but from the 8th grade social studies class when they had a big History Day project. When I introduce the unit and want to link the learning to students’ prior knowledge, I don’t need to start with a blank slate.

Of course, you will still want to have your own formative assessments to home in on student needs, but from the start, you could be more focused and deliberate. Individualizing instruction could happen more quickly too as you can more accurately project student needs.

I remember searching for data on students who were struggling to try to figure out what was going on. It was frustrating to realize after some digging, that some students in 10th grade had been struggling with comprehending nonfiction since 3rd grade! If it hadn’t required so much digging to find the information, maybe it would have been caught sooner, and the student wouldn’t have struggled for so long. Not only that, but maybe she would have enjoyed science and social studies lessons a little more, as well as her overall school experience.

How do I access Standards Portfolio? Standards Portfolio is accessed through the Progress Monitor, a feature of Campus Learning. Under each student’s name in Progress Monitor is a Portfolio button. By accessing Standards Portfolio from here, the filter will default to the standards assigned to the current course. You can also access Standards Portfolio by clicking into student’s score cell in Progress Monitor. From here, the filter will default to the individual standard associated with that cell.

What if my school doesn’t score against standards? Standards Portfolio, as part of Progress Monitor, requires your district administrators to have entered standards on your course in Campus. You will need to check with your district’s Campus administrators to see if they have set up the standards this way in order for you to use Standards Portfolio.

What if my school just started using standards for grading? If your school just started using standards, it is possible there isn’t enough data in the system yet for you to see student performance over time. You will be able to start to build that information for the students though, so their teachers next year and the year after will be able to see how they performed this year.

When I access Standards Portfolio, what will I see? Initially, you will be taken to a screen to filter what you want to see. Filters allow you to broaden or narrow the scope of your search from multiple school years and multiple classes to a single class or even a single standard. You will see a graph of the student’s scores over time and a list of those assignments when you click into a particular standard.

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