Students live in a 4-Dimensional world. No, we’re not talking about the latest TV technology, or a ride at DisneyWorld! We’re describing the students themselves—their academic height, breadth, depth, and progress over time. Analyzing their performance should include all the different facets that contribute to their performance, and as educators you need an accurate picture of the whole student to provide effective evidence-based instruction and accountability.
Spreadsheets are a common way of analyzing data, but looking at a spreadsheet of test scores can only help you answer the question “How did the students do on this test?” To know how that compares to other tests, for example, how do benchmark assessments relate to state summative scores, you need another spreadsheet. Then you have to combine them into a single view, then add a chart to visualize the data. Then, if you want to know whether attendance or discipline played a role in the scores, you have to overlay yet another spreadsheet using advanced functions and formulae.
Some districts opt to build a data warehouse to pull together all the pieces of information needed to build a complete picture of the student. However, this can be expensive, time-consuming, and resource-intensive. And that’s just to set it up, without analyzing the data it contains. In our experience, when districts take the next step to analyze their data, they often start by creating a list of questions, each of which translates into a query built by the IT team. But what if the first question generates follow-on questions that haven’t yet been identified? Or what if your questions change regularly, based on new requirements?
Fortunately, there’s a powerful, yet simple, solution that helps you explore your data and answer your own questions, as you think of them. Scantron Analytics unifies your data without needing a data warehouse. Data connectors automatically and securely pull in student information from disparate sources. Interactive dashboards present information in a single place. Dynamic visualizations enable you to explore your students, turning individual “pixels” of data into a holistic image of student performance.
Scantron Analytics can even travel in time. Because you can bring in all the years of accumulated test scores and other data that you have available, Scantron Analytics supplies a longitudinal view you can use to move back and forth in time to track student improvement.
Scantron Analytics does all the work for you. Click to drill into deeper detail, see additional relationships, or discover entirely new connections you’ve never seen before. All you have to do is ask the question, and Scantron Analytics provides the answer, right at your fingertips, using graphs, charts, and other visual tools you can share with teachers, parents, and students.
Good decisions depend on good data, gathered into a compelling story that makes it easy to determine your next steps in an evidence-based way. Scantron Analytics helps you tell that powerful story and make the best instructional decisions that help students succeed.