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The state of Alabama has made a bold move toward ensuring that all students are college- and career-ready by the time they graduate high school.

As opposed to the concept of “big data,” the compilation of system-wide information that provides a rear-view mirror’s perspective of behaviors and trends, “little” data for educators refers to the real-time, in-the-moment insights that can improve lesson delivery and learning outcomes. Significant investments have been made in classroom technologies, but few have provided teachers with the data and insight they need to assess each student’s comprehension in the moment of learning.

Schools want the robust functionality of a student information system with the analytics of a data warehouse.

This assessment solution provides school- and district-level reporting for assessments. It syncs with student information systems on a nightly basis, automating setup and maintenance of student and staff accounts and class rosters. Educators can use Naiku to create, import and share common assessments that are aligned to district curriculum and standards.

Reader Testimony: 

“Naiku has offered our teachers multiple ways of getting immediate assessment results, and also multiple ways of giving immediate feedback to students. A growing number of individual teachers and teacher teams across our district have enhanced their ability to assess their students and respond to student needs. Teacher teams have also been able to utilize results to have dynamic and timely discussions regarding successful instructional strategies.” — Steve Troen, director of teaching and learning, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District, Minn.

Year: 
2014

Teachers preparing for state testing can give benchmark assessments and get students’ scores back within 48 hours. Teachers can then identify what skills need to be reinforced. CASE Assessments provide pre-made and custom assessments that can be given at six- or nine-week intervals.

Year: 
2014

This suite of online teaching software tools is designed to help educators teach more effectively and to give students the academic support they need to succeed. eDoctrina comes pre-loaded with several modules that, for example, build paper-based and online assessments. Students can also take online assessments or download assignments they have missed while absent.

Reader Testimony: 

“eDoctrina has been an invaluable data collection tool in our district. We use the system for grades K–12 to support learning in the classroom. The innovation of this program is superb. The customer service is second to none. The integration with our student management system is seamless. I would recommend this program to all districts looking for a data collection tool.” — Michele Ziegler, director of instructional technology, Lancaster Central School District, N.Y.

Year: 
2014

This online system helps middle and high school students prepare for the Common Core standards and high-stakes tests. Teachers and administrators can then create tests with randomly-generated questions that mimic an actual state-administered test. The USATestprep program also includes test revision materials, and its reporting feature helps teachers identify student weaknesses.

Year: 
2013

This assessment and data management system provides teachers with online and paper tests to measure students’ progress. It includes 100 reports and dashboards that can be used to customize learning for students, whether they’re excelling or struggling. Performance Matters can also track state test results, attendance, and discipline.

Reader Testimony: 

“With Performance Matters, we are able to complete any analysis of individual student data points that would have otherwise taken hours to put together. Performance Matters allows us to monitor student progress in such a way that allows our district to provide immediate meaningful feedback to administrators, teachers, parents, and students.”

—Shawn Schmidli, coordinator for assessment, accountability, and equity, Flagler County Schools, Fla.

Year: 
2013

This online data management solution is designed to help educators improve student performance. DataDirector helps make sense of a huge range of data to provide longitudinal tracking and reporting of student assessment data, student demographic data, as well as professional development activities.

Year: 
2013

As a multi-purpose curriculum mapping and assessment software, eDoctrina helps educators strengthen their schools’ focus on state standards. Educators can create standards-based lesson plans, build assessments, and scan assessment results to pinpoint students who are falling behind.

Year: 
2013

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