The new school year is in full swing. As students settle into their new routines, teachers begin to learn more about the students in their classrooms. Teachers and students work together to define learning goals and determine the specific support each student might need to reach those goals.
To understand how to best support each student’s learning, teachers receive and must translate information from a variety of sources. One of these common data points are assessment results, with students often taking multiple formal and information assessments on the same topics and standards:
- Formative assessments –are quick and often informal checks for knowledge that help teachers change course in the moment to meet students where they are in their learning path
- Interim assessments – gauge whether the student is tracking to grade level expectations, and help the teacher adjust the plan for the coming grading period and identify students who may need deeper levels of intervention
- Summative assessments – look back at what students have learned during the school year and determine whether a student has mastered the expected grade level content
Unfortunately, teachers and students are left to gather up all these assessment results sitting in various apps, gradebooks, excel sheets, websites, and portals – and then attempt to make sense of it all. They often see these assessment results in a silo and have no easy or meaningful way to review if each is indicating the same thing about what students know and don’t know. If there are solutions in place to help teachers make sense of the data that’s gleaned from various assessments, its often a manual spreadsheet that’s outdated and, usually, not as helpful as it could be by the time the teacher receives it.
Interoperability to the rescue
What if it were possible to access assessment data in real time? And what if it were possible to put data from the full range of assessments students take together and help teachers make sense of it? How would it affect learning goals across the country?
We say it often – access to learning data is essential for teachers to help their students reach their learning goals. Teachers and students need information, but they also need it in the right place, at the right time, to effectively guide their students.
Digital Promise recently released this video that poses these exact questions and helps clarify just how interoperability could help the assessment process be more effective for teachers and students. Interoperability can help connect this data in real time, aligning results from different assessments to meaningful learning standards. But, to achieve this vision, vendors who offer assessment platforms and products must use a data standard to provide an easy way for teachers to access each student’s data.
Watch this video to learn more about how you can help advance data interoperability. With improvements to data usage across education systems, teachers can utilize data to help students on their learning journeys, every day.