Lawrence, Kan. – Monett R-1 Schools, New Lenox School District 122, Antioch School District 34 and Fort Scott USD 234 are the latest districts in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas to sign on to use Matrix as their data warehousing and analysis system. Matrix allows districts to view and analyze various amounts of student reports in one common dashboard, and it’s also built at a level of customization for each individual district.
Monett is tracking student and teacher performance related to state MAP and EOC assessments and Acuity, ACT and PLAN results. The district’s team is also entering ACCESS scores directly into Matrix for students in the district’s English-language Learner program.
Matrix links tests data to the district’s student and teacher information system that will allow administrators and teachers to quickly tie classroom performance to specific students and educators. Monett administrators conducted a long-term search for a data warehousing system to focus on reaching the next level in classroom performance, and the district chose Matrix mainly due to the level of customization available.
In Illinois, Matrix will replace New Lenox’s previous data warehousing system, and the district will track its state assessment, ISAT, along with TerraNova and AIMSweb data. Administrators said the district chose Matrix largely due to the ability for teachers to intuitively view and create thousands of reports for their students in a few clicks. The user friendliness will allow administrators and teachers to use the data to focus on academic strategies and how to improve performance rather than how to technically use the system.
Antioch School District 34’s teachers and district staff members use Matrix in various ways, especially to track three main data points for students: a NWEA MAP Reading score, AIMSweb Reading CBM score and Fountas and Pinnell Reading level. Administrators say getting all of this data that comes from disparate sources into one place is key because it allows teachers to get a global picture of student performance and track multiple points of progress throughout the year. Antioch’s teachers also directly enter Fountas and Pinnell reading data into Matrix to give teachers the instant ability to begin using the data.
In Kansas, Fort Scott Superintendent Diane Gross said the district needed a system to bring together data. Before, data was not standardized across the district or stored in one place. Fort Scott’s staff during the 2013-14 school year will analyze state assessment data alongside NWEA MAP and AIMSweb scores. The AIMSweb report was customized for Fort Scott using the Rainbow achievement levels, which are based on percentile scores. The levels are a key measure that Fort Scott’s elementary schools and teachers use to evaluate student performance.
On the Matrix project, AllofE works with all four districts to clean up, import and organize test data as they receive it throughout the year. The research and development firm developed Matrix to address pitfalls with existing data warehouse solutions, including the customization of reports for each district and ease of use for teachers.
AllofE now works with districts in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Indiana that use Matrix.
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Matrix empowers school districts to improve student and teacher performance through data analysis to aid decision making and trend analysis comparisons. Matrix connects data from various sources (demographics, assessments, schedules, behavior, etc.) into intuitive, comprehensive reporting dashboards.
AllofE Solutions is a software development company based in Lawrence, Kan., working with corporate and public institutions. For more information, please visit allofe.com.