Weekly Tip: Choosing the Right Report

Greetings fellow My Day Web App users! I sincerely hope My Day Web App is working well for you and helping to make your data collection and analysis quicker and easier. Again, please email us with questions or comments on your experience with the web app. We love to hear your feedback, and it helps us better meet your needs.

This week’s tip focuses on Daily vs. Summary Reports. I thought I would take some time to explain more about each to help you best choose which one to use when you are looking for reports on student performance. Let’s start with the Daily Report.

The Daily Report will display the daily data for a student’s objectives and time slots for up to seven consecutive days. You can scroll backward on the calendar if you’d like to see the month before the one that is displayed. This report is best when you want to print or email daily data to parents or other staff members. It also works if you are looking for short-term patterns—for example, to examine if a student is increasing or decreasing his or her objective achievement over a few days or a week. If you are running a report for yourself, you have the option to run multiple students in the same report. This would be great to use for your own records. However, if you are planning on sharing data with others, it is best to run a report for each student one at a time to protect students’ confidentiality. When you choose the Email to Team option on each report (which shows only if you add team member emails under the Team tab), My Day Web App will only email that particular student’s data to the team members entered on the Team tab for that student–even if you are running a report for multiple students. However, when large amounts of reports are run at once, it is easy to lose track of whose report you’re sending. Just a thought from a teacher who triple-checks all of the reports (My Day Web App or otherwise) I send. Seriously. It’s a habit.

 

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An example of a Daily Report. This report summarizes daily data for up to 7 days.

 

The Summary Report will run a single report averaging all of the data you’ve collected on a student consisting of a time period you select. You can also run multiple students at the same time, like the Daily Report. I often use the Summary Report for my end of the quarter or semester grades and progress notes. This report instantly averages all of the data I’ve collected on a student (or students) so I don’t need to spend hours averaging it myself for my entire class. The Summary Report is also helpful when looking at progress over weeks at a time, looking for trends in objective achievement, or anything else that requires summarized data. It’s also cleaner looking than the Daily Report since each student only receives a single summative report as opposed to a long list of reports (if you’re running multiple days in the Daily Report tab). As with the Daily Report, it is best practice to run reports on one student at a time if emailing the information to others. However, if the data is just for your records, it is very helpful to select multiple students at once. Additional tip: If you ever need to change the dates of reports or the students, simply click on the New Report button in the top right corner of your current report to start over.

 

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An example of a Summary Report. This report summarizes data collected during the dates you select.

 

I hope this blog post helped to clarify the difference between each report and how you can pick the best report for the information you need.

Happy Teaching,

Sara

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