Weekly Tip: Getting the Most Out of Your Data

Data analysis. I know it sounds terribly boring and complicated, but it doesn’t have to be (at least not if you use My Day Web App). Analyzing data is probably the most crucial part of ensuring student achievement. As teachers, we are often swimming in data; however, it is what we do with that data that matters most.

When you run a report using My Day Web App, you are given a total percentage of objective achievement based upon the amount of time you choose for the report (see my blog post on Choosing the Right Report for more information on which report type to choose). This percentage is found either in the middle (for a specific time slot and objective) along the right side (for how a student did overall on their objectives during a certain time slot), along the bottom (for how a student did overall on a specific objective during the entire day), or in the bottom right corner (for how a student did on all of their objectives over the entire day). It is great to have those percentages instantly at your fingertips, but our job as educators and school staff is not done.

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An example of a Summary Report for a student working on behavior goals.

 

The great thing about My Day Web App is it allows you to look for data patterns with students. Some questions you might ask include: “Which parts of the day or with which objectives does a student do well?”, “Which parts of the day or with which objectives does a student struggle?”, “Why does a student do well or struggle during certain parts of the day or with certain objectives?”, “Is this happening over long periods of time or short ones?”, “Is the student showing growth or regression?”, or “How can I help?”. You should also make sure to analyze not only the percentages but the number of successes with the number of opportunities. For example, 67% may look lower than expected, but upon closer examination, you notice the student achieved that objective 2 out of 3 times (which is almost every time). Percentages can be deceiving. That’s why the longer you can collect data, the better the percentages will reflect the achievement.

 

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An example of a student’s graph for structuring numbers to ten.

 

A new feature of My Day Web App is the Trend Charts feature. This feature allows you to instantly create a graph of the data you collected, allowing you to visualize what is happening with students. Again, this helps you see when a student may need extra support and think about why the support is needed. The data also helps you think about whether or not you need to change your instruction. You can select which goals to graph so you can focus in on one thing at a time or everything at once.

I hope this helps give you ideas about how you can make powerful decisions with the powerful data you collect using My Day Web App. We encourage you to comment or email with questions about how you use data to help make powerful decisions in the classroom.

Happy Teaching,

Sara

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My Day Web App is a web application designed to collect and help you analyze powerful classroom data that can be used to make powerful decisions for your learners. It was designed for teachers by a teacher and her software developer husband (aka Bright Egg, LLC). Visit us on our blog, website, Twitter, or Facebook for more information.

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