Analyze data with a clear purpose in mind
Educators analyze data effectively in order to identify opportunities to accelerate student learning, evaluate assessment alignment to learning targets and ensure equitable opportunities for all students.
Educators form conclusions about what students know based on evidence, and use the evidence to answer questions like:
- What does this data tell me about what my students currently know, and what they can do?
- What are they not yet able to do, and where do we go from here?
- Are certain groups of students performing better than others, and why?
- Are my instructional strategies working for all student groups?
Use multiple types of data when forming conclusions about student learning or making decisions
Use multiple data sources as evidence to support conclusions about student learning, and do not assume students achieved the learning goal without evidence that shows appropriate level of understanding.
MCA data is not intended to be used in isolation to make high stakes decisions; it is intended to be used alongside all data points gathered throughout the year.
Use data to develop a shared understanding with families and students about progress toward learning goals.
Analyze Resources are outlined below:
Use Statewide Assessment Data
- Information about how to access and use summarized Statewide Testing results. These results are provided by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) at the individual student, school, district and state level.
Additional Education Data
- A summary of variety of data available to educators and resources to aid in the interpretation of data provided by MDE.