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Reviewing Data Over Time, by Standard, by Strand, or by Demographic Group (Metric Zoom)

Select the Metric Zoom icon on a tile (Metric zoom icon - four arrows) in the District Profile or School Profile dashboards to get more information about your district's or school's high-level results. (School Leaders will see the icon on the School Profile.) Using Metric Zoom, you can:

  • Track changes in performance over five years, including strand and standards data for many assessments. The data that is shown depends on tests taken in a district screening window. Only tests taken in a district screening window are shown, and only for schools that use the district screening windows.
  • Support root cause analysis and continuous improvement on your most important metrics with data comparison and filtering options.
  • Identify key goal areas, grade levels, or demographic groups that need attention from educators.
  • Drill down by custom groups unique to your school system.
  • View and export a data table.
  • Present your school system's stories of success and growth opportunities in meetings.

For an introduction, watch this brief video:

 

After selecting Metric Zoom, you can choose the years to view, choose to view by strand or standard, choose to filter by student or school data, choose to use other views, or export data.

Choose the Years to View

Choose to view data for up to five school years. This allows you to compare data for specific district screening windows across multiple years. When a year is selected (dark blue background), its data is shown; when it is not selected (white background), its data is not shown. You can also select individual screening windows (such as Fall, Winter, or Spring) within years; when a screening window is selected, the text is in dark blue, while when it is not selected, the text is faded.

time period selection for Metric Zoom

If the learning progressions selected in your Renaissance Learning Standards have been changed, or if the learning progressions that are selected have been updated over the summer, standard and domain/strand data from past years will not be available.

Depending on your selections, past data may include only students who are enrolled in active schools in the current school year or both currently enrolled students and those who are no longer enrolled. If you filter or compare by current grade level, Is SPED, EL Status, migrant status, or SPED status, then only currently enrolled students with the values you select are included. For example, if you filter for students who are currently in 5th grade, then the data will show students who are currently enrolled and in 5th grade now over the selected years (when they were in previous grades).

If you filter or compare only by gender or primary ethnicity, the data will include both students who are enrolled now and those who were enrolled in the past so that you can see if there were differences in performance by gender or ethnicity over time. This is also true when you filter or compare by school level and/or school region.

See Demographics for more about students’ assigned demographics.

View Data by Standard

Schoolzilla Starter includes standards-level data based on Star assessment results, Star Custom assessments, and Accelerated Math Instructional Practice assignments; this is comprehensive mastery information, including both assessed and probed data. This data can help you see how students are performing today, how their performance has changed over time, and how they likely will perform on state tests in the future. This can help inform instructional and curricular adjustments across the district, in specific schools, with specific grades, or with groups of students.

For district and state proficiency data, use the Choose Content drop-down list and choose Standard to choose to view by standard. You can see the percentage and number of students who have achieved secure mastery for the standard. Secure mastery for each student represents 80-100% mastery.

example of options in the Choose Content drop-down list

The standards that are shown in Schoolzilla Starter are those selected in the Learning Standards settings in Renaissance software. If the setting has been changed, or if the learning progression was updated over the summer, data from past years will not be shown.

When you first choose to view by standard, all standards are selected. One way to view the data more efficiently is to choose the table link or tile and view the data in table form.

choose the table link or button

example of standards shown in table form

If you prefer to stay in the graph view, it's helpful to select only those standards you're interested in. The quickest way to do this is to first select the x to the right of the selected standards to clear the selections.

seletct the x to clear standards selections

Then, select the "Select Content" field and do one of the following:

  • Type the standard to find it quickly, then check it in the list that opens. When you're done selecting standards, select Apply.
  • type standards names to find them, then check the standards

  • Scroll through the list and check the standards that you want to view data for. When you're done selecting standards, select Apply.
  • check the standards in the list; then, select Apply

If you view multiple standards, in the list on the left, you can hover over a standard to highlight it on the graph, or select a standard to remove it from the graph or re-add it. If you hover over a line or point on the graph, you can see more details, including the number of students who have achieved secure mastery.

example of a hover over a standard

example of the details you see when you hover over a point on the graph

Students do not need to be tested on an item on a specific standard in order for Star to generate a score for a standard. Mastery scores are based on the student's grade and the student's Star score. Based on years of testing and decades’ worth of data on how students with the same scale score performed on the set of items each student encountered on the test, Renaissance estimates how all students would perform on all items. Regardless of which items a student interacts with, Star can generate scores for any standard that has any item data in the assessment item bank. Star can estimate a score of every standard even when there is no item in the Star assessment bank. Renaissance has learning progressions for every state, which includes skills for every standard. By using Star item data for a subset of those skills, Renaissance can place every skill, and therefore every standard, on the same scale as Star. Additionally, even if a student is performing two grade levels below assigned grade level, with the data about how other students are performing, scores can be estimated at the assigned grade level.

View Data by Strand

Schoolzilla Starter also lets you view data by strand so that you identify the areas in which students may need more instruction. Use the Choose Content drop-down list and select Strand to choose to view by strand (domain).

select the Choose Content drop-down list and choose Strand

Then, check the strands that you want to view.

example of checked strands

If you view multiple strands, you can hover over a strand to highlight it on the graph, or select a strand to remove it from the graph or re-add it. If you hover over a line on the graph, you can see more details, including the percentage and number of students who have achieved secure mastery for the strand. Secure mastery for each student represents 80-100% mastery.

example of a hover over one of the strands

Filter by Demographic or School Data

Use the Filter By drop-down list to choose whether to filter by grades, EL status, gender, migrant status, primary ethnicity, school level, school region, or school. (Note that only the demographic data that has been entered in your Renaissance software is available for these filters.)

select the Filter By drop-down list and choose filter criteria

Depending on your selections, past data may include only students who are currently enrolled or both currently enrolled students and those who are no longer enrolled. If you filter or compare by current grade level, Is SPED, EL Status, migrant status, or SPED status, then only currently enrolled students with the values you select are included. For example, if you filter for students who are currently in 5th grade, then the data will show students who are currently enrolled and in 5th grade now over the selected years (when they were in previous grades).

If you filter or compare only by gender or primary ethnicity, the data will include both students who are enrolled now and those who were enrolled in the past so that you can see if there were differences in performance by gender or ethnicity over time. This is also true when you filter or compare by school level and/or school region.

See Demographics for more about students’ assigned demographics.

Compare By Demographic or School Data

Use the Compare By drop-down list to choose to compare students by grades, EL status, gender, migrant status, primary ethnicity, school level, school region, or school.

You can then hover over the items you're comparing to highlight them or select items to remove them from the graph and add them again. You can hover over a line on the graph to see more information as shown below.

an example showing a comparison by school level and the details shown when the user hovers over one level

Other Views

Take advantage of the other views. For example, select Table to see the data in a table instead of a graph.

select the Table button

Or select Distribution to see distribution graphs instead of trend lines:

example of distribution graphs

Each section of the stacked bars on the distribution graph includes the percentage and number of students included in that segment of results. For instance, in the example above, for Spring 2018-2019 (the last bar in the example), we can see that 1,996 students, or 61.8% of those assessed in that district screening window, achieved "Exceeds Expectations" for the metric. This helps you deepen your analysis of results and compare percentages across time periods.

For the Star Proficiency Rates for State Benchmarks, you can also select Other Reports to go to the Renaissance Star reports.

Export Data

Select Export CSV to export the data you're viewing in table form in a .csv file, which can be opened by most spreadsheet programs. Select Export PNG to export the metric zoom window you're viewing to a .png file, which can be opened by most image-viewing programs and can be added to presentations, emails, or other media.

the Export CSV and Export PNG options are next to the Graph and Table buttons