As a special educator, you no doubt collect and have access to an abundance of student data—formal and informal, measurable and observational. More important than the quantity are what types of data you are collecting, how you analyze and share the information and how you use it to improve student outcomes. Insights from data benefit every player throughout the education process:
- Teachers can see where their students are succeeding or struggling and make instructional decisions to help them grow.
- Administrators can see at the school and district level where added resources and support might be needed.
- Specialists and therapists access up-to-date information to provide necessary supports.
- Students can see their own strengths and growth, gaining the confidence to continue on a positive trajectory.
- Parents and families can see what their children are learning so they can stay involved and support learning outside the classroom.
Teachers and administrators who use Unique Learning System have access to a wide range of data in the system’s Goals, Preferences and Skills (GPS) assessment hub—from present levels of performance and monthly checkpoints to benchmarks and more—providing them with an accurate picture of what students are learning and enabling them to demonstrate each student’s growth cumulatively over years.
Beginning in the 2019 school year, n2y educators will find their data capabilities are more powerful than ever.
Enhancing Outcomes and Simplifying Compliance Reporting
With new Student Daily Performance tracking available in Unique Learning System teachers can now monitor student progress with more frequency and regularity, empowering them to:
- Make just-in-time adjustments to support learning, boost student outcomes and improve performance on assessments
- Ensure students are completing lessons
- Document daily work completed and progress toward mastery of state standards, making it easy to report and demonstrate compliance with IEP goals
- Add observational data for a more complete picture of each student
- Document accommodations being used, such as symbol support or text to speech
- Track responsiveness for Level 1 students and compare online attempts with offline attempts
Other added bonuses of enhanced online data and performance tracking? Significant time savings and valuable communication with families and other caregivers. Now it’s easier than ever to answer the common question from parents, “What has my child been doing in class?”
Gathering Both Objective and Subjective Insights
While it’s the objective, real-time data that is most widely referenced by teachers and education teams to make instructional decisions, there is also value in data that provides a window into student abilities, interests, preferences and strengths. New Activity Play Reports available in our skill-building solution, L3 Skills, provide opportunities to gather both objective results and additional insights.
For classrooms using these educational games and activities, the new L3 Skills data reporting now makes it simple to demonstrate student progress toward mastery of targeted skills by reporting accuracy, responsiveness and practice time. Within the reports, teachers and captains (other facilitators in the platform) also can enter notes and observations to paint a more detailed picture of each student’s engagement with the solution. What types of activities do they enjoy and excel at? Which ones bring them the pride of accomplishment? Where do they need added support? Did they problem solve and seek help independently using the guidance in the program? How did they respond to new content, concepts and multisensory experiences? Which hardware works best for this learner—a tablet, whiteboard or desktop?
The answers to these questions can help inform a teacher’s instructional choices and approaches for individual students. By simply looking at the Activity Play Reports, teachers may find that players have strong skills in one area but require practice in others. And by combining this data with input from other solutions, they can find patterns in players’ successes or in their missteps within activities and provide the necessary remediation. Moreover, collecting data across settings provides an understanding of how well students are generalizing the skills and concepts they’re learning.
As students continue to build mastery with the lessons in Unique Learning System and the educational activities in L3 Skills, both types of data will follow them across the years to help their education teams demonstrate retention and growth, drive successful outcomes and simplify compliance reporting.
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