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Unpacking AimswebPlus

Unpacking AimswebPlus

We use aimswebPlus, a universal screening, benchmarking, and progress-monitoring tool from Pearson, to assess literacy and math proficiency in grades K-5. These assessments help identify students who are meeting grade- and term-level benchmarks as well as those who may need additional support. This post explains aimswebPlus administration and scoring, as well as how we use the data.

Assessment Participation and Reading and Math Performance of K-8 Students Receiving Special Education Services

Assessment Participation and Reading and Math Performance of K-8 Students Receiving Special Education Services

This brief analyzes the percentage of students who were reading in Tier 1/At Target by Special Education status, grade level, and primary disability in Winter 2020-21.

Assessing Student Performance Before and During Virtual Learning

Assessing Student Performance Before and During Virtual Learning

This 24-page report compares performance in reading and math assessments for the same set of students over time. The main metric used in this report is the National Percentile Rank (NPR). NPR is a norm-referenced measure that compares student performance to a national sample of students.

Winter Data Snapshots: Star and aimswebPlus ELA and Math Assessments

Winter Data Snapshots: Star and aimswebPlus ELA and Math Assessments

These four slide decks provide District-level overviews of student performance on the Winter 2020-21 aimswebPlus and Star assessments in ELA/Literacy and Math.

Analysis of AimswebPlus Subtest Performance for K-3 Students, Fall 2020

Analysis of AimswebPlus Subtest Performance for K-3 Students, Fall 2020

In order to track student progress more frequently than the once-per-year PSSA, SDP has identified within-year “leading indicators” of student performance. We find that, in order to reach the goal of 62% proficiency on the PSSA, there must be an increase in the percentage of students in grades K-3 (both overall and by student subgroup) who score at or above grade-level on aimswebPlus, the Districts’s within-year reading assessment.

Findings from the 2019-20 End-of-Year Reading Specialists Survey

Findings from the 2019-20 End-of-Year Reading Specialists Survey

In spring 2020, the Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) administered an end-of-year survey to the 38 SDP Reading Specialists. ORE received 34 completed surveys (a response rate of 89%), and the surveys included 268 open-ended comments. This 17-page brief provides an overview of findings, including representative open-ended comments, from that survey.

The 2019-20 End-of-Year Report: A System-Level Summary of School Performance During a Year when Full School Progress Reports could not be Published

The 2019-20 End-of-Year Report: A System-Level Summary of School Performance During a Year when Full School Progress Reports could not be Published

The data included in this 21-page brief are a system-level summary of school performance according to the modified 2019-20 End-of-Year Reports.

T3 Teach Plus: Two-Year Changes in Early Literacy Performance

T3 Teach Plus: Two-Year Changes in Early Literacy Performance

This 38-page report examines the literacy performance of K-3 students receiving the T3 Teach Plus intervention prior to implementation (2016-17) and two years after implementation (2018-19). It also compares the performance of students in T3 schools to that of students in matched comparison schools.

K-12 Student Participation and Performance on aimswebPlus and Star Assessments, Fall 2019 and Fall 2020

K-12 Student Participation and Performance on aimswebPlus and Star Assessments, Fall 2019 and Fall 2020

This report examines one aspect of the differences between Fall 2020 and Fall 2019: participation and performance on formative assessments in reading and math.

The Updated Pre-K-3 English Language Arts (ELA) Framework: A Brief Summary of the Supporting Research

The Updated Pre-K-3 English Language Arts (ELA) Framework: A Brief Summary of the Supporting Research

A short summary of research that supports shifts in SDP’s revised early literacy framework (PreK-Grade 3).