[updated 4/22/15 dmr]
Creating a Chart
- Navigate to the Student Growth menu in Evaluations.
- Choose a Student Group under "Student Cohort". If you have Student Groups in Homeroom, they will be listed here.
- Choose assessments which are related, for example, two MSP Math tests, or two easyCBM test. Assessments must contain the same number of performance levels. Currently the performance levels are set at 5 - if there are Assessments with more than 5 performance levels, they will not work.
- For Assessment #1, choose the first and/or earlier assessment, like Fall.
- For Assessment #2, choose the second, and/or later assessment, like Winter.
- Click the Load Chart button to view the results.
- Select the Reset button to start over and apply new parameters.
- If you need to save the chart for use in an Evaluation, select the Save as Evidence button.
- Select the Print icon from the tools in the application header to print the chart.
How to Read the Chart
The resulting chart will look like the example below. It will include only those students from the student group who took BOTH assessments, that is, a cohort.
In this example, there were 406 students who took both assessments. (￼Remember that not all students in a Student Group may have taken both assessments and therefore, the number of students in the group could be more than the cohort.)
In this example, the assessments have four performance levels. The chart measures student growth by comparing performance levels on the first assessment with those on the second assessment. Students can have:
- No change in performance
- A performance improvement
- A performance decrease
These are students who had no changes in their performance levels from the first to second assessment. The white row going through the middle of the chart displays this result. In our example, 34 students stayed at level 1, 38 stayed at level 2, and so on.
These are students who had some improvement in their performance levels from the first to the second assessment, that is the level they achieved in the second assessment is higher. The first green row shows students who improved 1 level, from 1 to 2, 2 to 3, or 3 to 4. The next two green rows show students who improved two or more levels, from 1 to 3 or 2 to 4, etc.
These are students who had a decrease in performance levels from the first to the second assessment, that is the level they achieved in the second assessment is lower. The first red row shows students who decreased 1 level, from 2 to 1, 3 to 2, or 4 to 3. The next two red rows show students who decreased two or more levels, from 4 to 2 or 3 to 1, etc.
Hover over any performance level change containing a value greater than zero and select it to see a list of the students who comprise that data set.
- Using the Create button a *Static* Student Group can be created in Homeroom of the students in the selected list.
- Using the +Add To button students in this list can be added to an existing *Static* Student Group in Homeroom.
- Students Groups are then used anywhere in Homeroom (or here in Evaluations on the Student Growth chart) that the Student Groups selector is available. See Student Groups or other Homeroom articles learn more.
Level Change Totals
In the green zone, the total number of students who improved are shown to the right along with the total number of levels that were improved. In the red zone the total number of students who decreased levels are shown to the right along with the total number of levels that decreased.
The column on the far right shows the average total improvement or decrease in levels.
Saving the Chart as Evidence
- Select the Save as Evidence button.
- Choose an Evaluation Task from the list.
- A chart label (name) is required.
- Select the Associate to Task button.
If a new Evidence Task is required
- Select the + Create Evidence Task button.
- Select a Task Template from the drop down list.
- Choose a date under "Earliest Allowable Completion Date".
- Choose a date under "Due Date".
- Select Yes or No if the task is required
- Click the Create Task button.