Administrators have spent months understanding and planning for the state’s new teacher evaluation system that, for many districts, goes into effect this school year – and the Massachusetts Department of Education has matched those efforts with accompanying updated technology.
The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education last spring rolled out its improved Education Data Warehouse – an online repository of MCAS scores, student growth, classroom performance and student and educator statistics for each district.
All public and charter schools in the state can use the database, which is only open to administrators and teachers, if given access, within each district. Users can view more than 50 pre-built reports of aggregated data or build their own reports on specific students, teachers or schools.
With the release of the 2012 MCAS scores, more than 2,000 educators put the Data Warehouse to use, analyzing how students matched up in English language arts and math.