Sandy, Utah — Feb. 1, 2017 — With the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), K-12 school districts are searching for more effective ways to measure students’ progress toward learning goals to better inform their instruction and professional development efforts. Performance Matters today announces several enhancements to its integrated portfolio of Student Growth and Educator Growth solutions to give educators new ways to use data to drive student growth and collaboration tools to improve their professional learning.
Student Growth Enhancements
With new features in the Unify student assessment platform, teachers and administrators can save time while keeping a close eye on student performance and growth. With My Unify, teachers can now instantly access data for all their current students using a personalized home page. Further, a new Student Detail report provides a single place to get all data tied to a particular student, and a Scoreboard report allows comparisons of course, teacher, school, and district averages for all students as well as their demographic groups.
In addition, a Response to Intervention/Multi-Tiered System of Supports module offers tools to improve RTI/MTSS administration and progress monitoring.
Educator Growth Enhancements
With a new professional learning communities (PLC) feature, which is part of Truenorthlogic PD, teachers can now collaborate with their colleagues online, instead of having to attend in-person meetings at a designated time and place. Using this feature, districts and schools can create PLCs and make them available within their online professional development course catalog, along with online collaboration tools such as discussion boards and notifications. It can also track credit hours for PLC participants, and allow principals and mentors to recommend PLC participation to educators as part of their professional growth plans or directly from observations.
The Educator Growth solutions also include a new Professional Development Playlist feature. This allows principals to create playlists of PLCs, online or in-person professional development for their staff, and target playlists based on staff members’ teaching profiles. In addition, they can require or recommend specific professional development opportunities in the playlists and track participation by individuals.
“Giving teachers the tools and the time to use data to drive student growth is critical,” said Jeanette Haren, chief product officer and co-founder of Performance Matters. “With these additions to Performance Matters Platform, teachers can easily see how all of their students are performing across multiple measures, engage in data-driven discussions in PLCs, and share best practices and resources to bolster their colleagues’ professional learning and their own.”
Performance Matters will soon announce several additional enhancements to the Performance Matters Platform, including new reports and expanded functionality in Unify, and a new micro-credentialing feature in Truenorthlogic PD.
About Performance Matters
Performance Matters accelerates student success by combining powerful student and educator growth solutions with real-time analytics. The Performance Matters Platform includes tools for student assessment development and delivery, as well as educator professional learning management, performance evaluation and observer calibration. Together these solutions, leveraged with a real-time analytics engine, provide specific, actionable insights that boost student performance and build educator capacity. Performance Matters was formed through the integration of two best-in-class education solution providers: Truenorthlogic, the leader in educator professional growth tools, and Performance Matters, an authority in student assessment and data analytics. For information, visit www.performancematters.com.
Leslie Eicher, APR, Eicher Communications Inc.