Thursday, October 5, 2017

Progressing Through PMA

The first Progress Monitoring Assessment ends October 13.

You have the ability to run a report on PMA for both the school and the classroom level.

Running the PMA Report at the School Level:
  1. Use the school administrative login to access Stride Academy.
  2. Click the "Reports" tab.
  3. Click the blue "Generate Real-Time Reports" button.
  4. Click "View Reports."
  5. From the list of reports which appears, click "School PMA Report."
  6. The defaults on the next screen should be OK as is.
  7. Click the red "Apply" button.

You will notice that the graph is the first page of almost two-dozen pages of data. You can click through those graphs and tables to see data for each class and data for each grade level.

My recommendation would be to share with any given teacher the data for that teacher's class and the average for the grade level as a whole. That way, each teacher gets an idea where he or stands in relationship to the rest of the pack without ranking teachers. Richard Defoor addresses this point in his PLC seminars.

Running the PMA Report at the Classroom Level:
  1. Use your KCC code and password to access Stride Academy.
  2. Click the "Reports" tab.
  3. Click the blue "Generate Real-Time Reports" button.
  4. Click "View Reports."
  5. From the list of reports which appears, click "Class PMA Report."
  6. The defaults on the next screen should be OK as is.
  7. Click the red "Apply" button.
The resulting graph will look much the same as the school graph displayed above. Clicking through the remaining pages will reveal data on each student.

(You will notice the graphs show Math, reading, and Science. You will have only Math and Reading.)

Monday, October 2, 2017

October is National Principal's Month

This video was created by a student at New Milford High School when she learned that her principal, Eric Sheniger, was leaving his position as principal. A high school noted for its accomplishments with technology, this "gift" to her exiting principal illustrates how technology can be used as a tool to foster creativity, communicate with passion, and invoke emotion in others.

The creator of this video as writes in the notes which accompany it on YouTube,:

"AKA how my high school principal inspired the leader hiding inside a frightened freshman girl You'll be sorely missed, sir; I couldn't thank you enough for everything you've done for me."

There is perhaps no better time than October, National Principal's Month, to share this moving video.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Repurposing Contests

School years run in cycles. Many of the same activities repeat annually at the same time. If you have been using the Contest feature of Stride and want to repeat some of the same contests each year, here's a tip.

Rather than create a new contest, simply change the dates on the ones you already have.

Click the "Edit" button. Enter a new start date and end date. Your new contest is ready! In a couple of minutes, you can have all of your contests ready for the new year.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Study Shows Positive Impact of Stride on ACT Aspire Scores

The Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) announced the results of a research study related related to Stride. The study, conducted by Auburn University, measured the impact of Stride on ACT Aspire Results.

Here are the key findings:

  1. Stride students overall improved math benchmark pass rates by 15% compared to their demographically matched peers who improved pass rate by 8%. 
  2. For reading benchmarks, Stride students improved by 10% whereas their peers showed no statistically significant change. 
  3. Economically disadvantaged Stride students improved math pass rate by 23% whereas their peers showed no statistically significant change. 
  4. Students using Stride who are both African-American and economically disadvantaged improved at a greater rate than their peers for math pass rate (23% vs. 10%) and reading pass rate (18% vs. 13%). 
  5. Students in Special Education who used Stride improved reading benchmark pass rate by 57% compared to an improvement of 33% by their matched peers. 

According to the research findings, “the results suggest that the Stride™ program has been successful during the 2015 and 2016 school years in improving academic achievement in targeted schools."

This finding is in accord with a data analysis of the program done in 2011-12 by the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA) which found that students enrolled in the program ‘showed positive results in 8th Grade Math and Reading scores relative to their matched peers’.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

PMA Extended to October 20

Because of Hurricane Irma, the PMA window has been extended to October 20. Stride is a nationwide program, and many schools in the impacted areas are Stride users.

Truthfully, the end date of PMA shouldn't be an issue for any of our Calhoun County Schools. Best practice is for each school to set its own narrow window at the beginning of the national window. That way, you get your results quickly, can use the data immediately, and can take advantage of Quiz Builder and the Adaptive Engine.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Changing the Curriculum for Multiple Students

We all encounter times when one student needs something different from the rest of the class. That's why the Curriculum tab on Stride allows you to select a student and assign only the skills you desire for him or her.

What if you have several students in one class for whom you need to change the curriculum? You can certainly handle each one-at-a-time. But what if they all need the same skills? It would be nice to multi-select those students and let one change do for all.

Luckily, there is a way to multi-select students and change the curriculum:

  • Go to the Curriculum tab. 
  • Under the "I want to change the curriculum for," look below the radio buttons and find the two large, blue buttons. 
  • Click "Set & Assign Curriculum to Multiple Students at Once." (It won't matter whether the radio button is set to "The entire class" or "This individual student.")
  • On the next screen, you see two green buttons. Choose "Select Multiple Students." 

  • On the next screen, you see a drop-down that lets you put check marks beside the names of the students. 

  • On the right-hand side of the screen, choose "Include only the specific skill areas..." Continue to select from the desired folder, and begin choosing the needed skills.
  • You also saw another green button, the one about selecting groups. If you have several students who will probably all need the same skills as you move through the year. You can create a group and assign skills to the entire group at once.

In education, we have always wanted to differentiate for students. The logistics and time required get in the way of the best intentions. Being able to multi-select students and adjust their curriculum makes differentiation easier.

Friday, September 15, 2017

How to Know Who Still Needs PMA

For a teacher, it's easy to know which students have completed PMA and which have not. Just look at the "Class Roster" tab.

What if you are an administrator? How can you tell what students throughout the school still needs to complete PMA?

When an administrator logs in, the default is the "School Info" screen. The lower-case letters indicate classes which still have at least one student not finished with PMA. The first number in the parentheses indicates how many students have not finished. But how could you get a list of names of who those students are?

Finding the Names

  1. As you are looking at the "School Info" screen, click on the blue "Enrolled students" button in the upper right-hand corner. 
  2. On the next screen, click the blue "Download as Excel" button. 
  3.  The results will be a list of students sorted by grade level. Within each grade level, students are organized by KCC.  
  4. The "PMA 1" column will give you what you are looking for.

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