Research and Evaluation

April 2016

CAASPP Testing Season is Underway

We have now entered the heart of CAASPP testing. A couple MIddle Schools started SBAC testing just before spring break and the remainder of Middle Schools and High Schools will be jumping into the fray by the week of April 11. Grades 7, 8 and 11 will be taking the SBAC ELA and Math assessments and grades 8 and 10 will be taking the CST/CMA/CAPA Science. You can see all the school's schedules on this Google Calendar.

Thanks to our site administration, teacher leaders, and tech support for helping with the preparation for a smooth season of state assessments.

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Data Tells a Story

This data point (71%) demonstrates several aspects about data fluency. The first aspect of data fluency is context. This number represents the percentage of males at Palomar High School. This context helps us understand how this data point tells one aspect of the story of our district. The second area of data fluency is comparison. When you look at this figure compared with the percentage of males at all comprehensive high schools, you are left to wonder because of the disparity of males at Palomar versus all comprehensive high schools. The third aspect of data fluency is the power of visualization. The data visualization below this section helps make this contrast crystal clear.

The fourth and final aspect of data fluency is that data shines a light on where we need to look further, leading often to more questions than answers. This particular data points causes us to ask, “Why are so many males failing to make the grade in our traditional setting?” This is certainly a question worth pondering for the entire SUHSD community.
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Illuminate Update

We continue to strengthen the integrity and quantity of data available through Illuminate. We have recently added AP and PSAT scores from 2015 and 2014-15 SBAC scores for our 7th graders. Also, we have added Lexile scores that current students have earned through their participation in Achieve 3000. You can access all of this data through custom reports or by searching for the following reports by name.

2015 SAT

2015 PSAT

SBAC 2014-15

Lexile LevelSet Report

If you would like to join our Illuminate Steering Committee where we will discuss ways to improve our utilization of this data and assessment tool, please stop by R&E on Thursday, April 7 @ 3:30 (Snacks provided!!). We are working on methods for getting Illuminate tools and reports into the hands of the masses. Here is our master plan for taking over the SUHSD Universe of Data and Assessment.

End of Course Basic Training for Site Coordinators

Tuesday, May 10th, 9-10am

670 L Street

Site Coordinators for End of Course Exams will receive all the information and materials to administer Spring End of Course Exams.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

What is a Data Warehouse and Why Should I Care?

I'm glad you asked.

A Data Warehouse is a repository of all pertinent information (AKA data) that schools need to make effective decisions and evaluate program effectiveness. Currently data is in silos and difficult to access, which is the norm in many school districts - and indeed businesses of all types. SUHSD, thanks to the vision and efforts of Roman Del Rosario and Hector Ornelas Jr., are on the path to developing a robust Data Warehouse that will bring all of our data into an accessible format to aid everyone in making better informed decisions and evaluating our many programs and interventions to determine effectiveness and next steps. Stay tuned for more data visualizations and reports in the coming school year from our SUHSD Data Warehouse Project. Below are three examples of the types of data visualizations that can be created with a Data Warehouse and Visualization Tool.

We are Research and Evaluation

A Question that drives our work:

How might we lead SUHSD in continuous improvement through developing ever more efficient systems, gathering and analyzing data, and making better informed decisions?