Better late than never: Using data to help kids #SacNewTech
On September 4th our teachers submitted progress report grades. This meant we had all kinds of useful data in our student information system, but being a principal in a new district with a system that is new to me, I did not know how to pull it out. So I did what we are trying to teach all New Tech students to do; I asked for help.
I reached out to the Serna Center and asked Rhonda Rode her if she could teach me how to use the reporting feature in our system. Rhonda did one better, she came to our school and spent 90 minutes answering all of my questions and teaching me a couple of new tricks as well.
I mean, did you know that you can concatenate as a function in Infinite Campus reporting? Neither did I. Thank you Rhonda.
So after we learned how to pull the data we got to work looking at the data to see what we might learn and who we might be able to help. We learned that as a school we issued 242 unsatisfactory marks to students. That number might seem high, but when you consider we issued over 2,100 marks, you can see that our students were doing well as a group after the first four-weeks of school. However, when we looked at the data a little closer we identified 45 students who received three or more low grades.
At this point the data stops looking like numbers and we see a child that needs our help. Our staff is now providing targeted support for these students. In addition, our counselor, assistant principal, and principal has been meeting with these students to see what support each student needs and what obstacles we can help them overcome. The staff at New Tech is amazing and I feel so privileged to serve as a leader to such a great community.