Innovative Ways to Get the Most
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A partnership of SERESC & EDvisualize
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Interim Reports Based on Powerful Analysis.
We produce easy to interpret graphical reports of interim gains to guide your improvement efforts. These reports are produced at the district, school and teacher level, by major test area as well as by learning goals.
- Fall to Winter
- Winter to Spring
- Fall to Fall of Next Grade
- Spring to Spring of Next Grade
- We will also produce our reports for Fall to Spring
Testing takes a lot of instructional time. If you are not using the results for ongoing, short-term, interim assessment purposes, the time spent on assessment is hard to justify. Our reports provide teachers and principals a wealth of easy to use information to answer three key questions:
- How are we doing?
- What’s working well?
- What instruction do individual students need?
NWEA reports are complex. As a result teachers often do not use them. In contrast, our dashboard presentations are very easy to understand. We present results in formats that are intuitive without numbers or statistics. Because the reports are easy to understand we can help districts explore the patterns and nuances of the information easily via web conferencing/webinar format. In this way we can minimize your costs, provide assistance at your convenience, and help you focus on what the data means for instruction. There is no need to spend time figuring out how to interpret and understand the reports.
An interactive function allows the user to select on a RIT score range or band of results that are broken down by local percentile ranking. Once selected, the next slide is produced. The next slide shows the student’s ID, name and school (which have been blanked out here) with their RIT scores for this learning goal. Then we show the DesCartes learning objectives associated with their range of RIT scores.
Learning Ladders. NWEA is replacing the DesCartes Learning Continuum with the new “Learning Ladders” which we will build into our reports as soon as it is released.
Philip A. Streifer, PhD. President & CEO
Phil works with public schools in leadership development, organizational effectiveness, accountability designs, and program evaluation/achievement-reporting specializing in gains analyses. Dr. Streifer served as Superintendent of the Bristol Public Schools, an urban school district in Connecticut. He was Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut where he coordinated the Executive Leadership Program and served as doctoral advisor to over twenty educators. Earlier he was superintendent of schools in Avon, CT and Barrington, RI before joining the University of Connecticut and has held building and district level leadership positions in several Connecticut and Rhode Island school districts. He has several publications and books in data driven decision-making. His new book, co-authored with George Goens, is on school governance and policy titled Straitjacket: How Overregulation Stifles Creativity and Innovation in Education. Phil is on the board of the North West Evaluation Association (NWEA) and is a Regent for the University of Hartford.
Barry Sheckley, Ph.D. Vice President for Teaching and Learning
Emeritus Professor of Adult Learning, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut. Barry’s research on how individuals learn best is based on an understanding of ways the brain uses prior experiences as a basis for thinking, reasoning, and decision-making. About professional development he says, “If you want adults to learn, forget the workshop.” His groundbreaking research into how individuals learn best guides our professional development program.
Paul Davis, Ph.D. Vice President for Technology Innovation
Paul has dual backgrounds in the world of Corporate Business Planning for a major multinational manufacturing corporation and in the world of computer science and programming. His academic background includes a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics & Computer Science. Paul also builds financial analysis systems for school districts.