FAQs for School Administrators
How do I see student performance details such as the list of test questions and the student answers to test questions?
By using the filters in the left column of your screen you can narrow the data to a specific class. You then select the student name form the list of students in the bar graph to drill in to that student's data. You can see how here.
Why does my screen look different than the screens of my teachers?
Track My Progress offers two different kinds of educator accounts; Class Administrator Accounts and School Administrator Accounts. Typically teachers use Class Administrator Accounts and principals, assistant-principals, technology administrators and curriculum directors use School Administrator Accounts. The Class Administrator Account only shows data for one class at a time and is designed for teachers to be easy and intuitive to use to guide classroom instruction. School Administrator Accounts allow for viewing all student data and comparing groups by class and grade. You can learn more here.
What do the colors indicate?
The color categories indicate performance groups based on percentile scores. You can learn more about these performance groups here.
How are the percentiles and scale scores determined?
Why do I have the option to modify the cut scores for the green, blue, red and yellow category indicators?
We recommend that each school determine the optimal cut scores for their students. The idea behind the color categories is to provide an easy to read framework for determining how students are progressing and to help see how students can be grouped for differentiated instruction. The default cut scores may work well for many schools. But there are three categories of schools that should consider modifying the cut scores for their students:
- High achieving schools: These schools will often have only students in the green and blue categories. The cut scores can be increased to better differentiate the instructional groups and to better identify students who are falling behind their peer group.
- Low achieving schools: These schools are scoring well below the national average and have mostly students in the red and yellow categories. The cut scores can be decreased to better differentiate the instructional groups and better identify student who are falling behind their peer group.
- Schools with predetermined cut scores: Some schools already have cut scores for defining "at-risk" or "borderline." Other schools may know the cut score for passing end of year state assessments. In these cases the Track My Progress settings can be modified to use these predetermined cut scores.
You can learn how to change the cut scores for your school's performance categories here.
Why don't you provide a score for every standard?
Track My Progress provides School Administrators with a scale score and a percentile score at the 'subject' and the 'domain' levels. This means you will find Reading and Math scores for students at the subject level. At the domain level you will find scores for the different 'strands' or 'domains' for each subject.
Track My Progress is focused on providing an efficient assessment that does not monopolize instructional time and does not overwhelm or discourage students. To that end we do not assess students in every Common Core standard in every test session. The Math test delivers 25 test questions, the reading test 20. In order to provide an accurate reading on each standard for each student we would need to test each standard 3-5 times which would make for a lengthy and possibly discouraging test experience for students.
The Track My Progress focus on subjects and domains provides a high-level view of student progress without compromising instructional time or student and staff morale. The subject and domain scores offer sufficient detail for pinpointing strengths and weaknesses and gauging progress over time. The drill-down view of the specific test question performance allows for test question analysis that can complete the picture for a teacher to move forward with their students.