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Chalkable Announcements: Introducing Panorama, Your 360-Degree View of Student Data

Posted by Deanna Zaucha on August 04, 2016

Today, we are happy to announce a new solution for the fundamental problems educators face daily. Our new feature, Panorama, will empower educators with a comprehensive view of their entire class or single student’s past academic and behavioral performance.

Panorama is tailored for administrators and teachers using Study Center who want to get more out of their student achievement platform. This effective tool will assist in individualizing lesson plans, pacing based on the needs of incoming students, and allocating resources throughout the year.

Panorama will help identify knowledge gaps before students even walk through the door, and give back a portion of the first 45 days educators spend getting to know their students.

Study Center users can quickly access the class Panorama view after they have selected their desired class under the Classes tab. Specific student panorama views can be found after selecting a student from within the class view or under the People tab.

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We are thrilled to bring teachers and administrators a tool to help keep a pulse on the health of achievement in their classrooms; so here is an overview of all the information you will attain in the new Panorama tab.

Drive year-over-year learning gains with historical standardized testing data
In the Standardized Tests section, a graph will display the student averages for the tests selected in the longitudinal view of the Panorama tab’s filters.

Besides the academic session filter, which controls all sections of the Panorama tab, the filter section also allows users to add various elements to the standardized test graph.

  1. Standardized Test
  2. Section of the Standardized Test
  3. Standardized Test Scores Desired

Once all filters are chosen, users can hover over the data points to view each numeric value graphed, and tests can be removed by clicking on the test listed under the graph.

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My favorite feature of the standardized testing section is if you select specific students from the list at the bottom of the Panorama tab, the graph will dynamically show all of the tests the selected students have taken in the academic sessions chosen in the aforementioned filters.

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Insight into the past performance of your students on standardized testing can assist in focusing on certain test subjects or types of test questioning to practice and improve throughout the upcoming year.

Understand students’ strengths and weaknesses with grades, attendance, and discipline averages
The Class Distribution section is a bar graph representation of student grade averages, attendance, and discipline. Below is how each section is calculated.

  1. Grade Averages
    The distribution displays the average of all report card grades that have been set up as a final grade. The graph will represent the final grades for the courses in each of the students’ scheduled sections for the academic sessions selected in the filter.
  2. Attendance
    Graph will display the average absence days as a percentage of in-school calendar days in increments of 1% across the filter-defined date range. Only daily absences are included. Period absences, tardies, and absences with a type of “Other” are not included.
  3. Discipline
    The graph displays the count of students with discipline infractions within the defined percentage range for the academic sessions selected in the filter.

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My favorite feature of the class distribution section allows you to click on any bar graph (range of average grades, average absence days, or count of disciplinary infractions), to highlight the students with the selected average in the student list at the bottom of the Panorama tab.

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A peek into your students’ previous grades, attendance, and discipline allows educators to monitor student progress in real-time, and better tailor instruction.

Identify at-risk students and assign supplemental content

The previously mentioned student list that can be found at the bottom of the Panorama tab has a few exciting features as well.

First, average grades, absences, and discipline infractions can be sorted in ascending or descending order. The students’ ethnicity code, if they were retained from a previous academic session, or if they are in special education is marked next to their names as well.

The list also displays a column for each standardized test selected under the filter section at the top of the screen. If the student only has one instance of the test or section, only the score will display. If the student has taken the test more than one time, a graph will display showing the student progress. You will see details if you hover over the graph.

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Furthermore, this section allows teachers to assign supplemental assignments to students on the list. For example, if a teacher clicks on the bar graph of the low grade averages in the class distribution section, the teacher can assign additional material to this group of students to help improve their grades.

All of this information can also be seen in the student’s individual profile. In addition to standardized tests, grades, attendance, and discipline, a teacher or administrator can find demographic information and the location of the student at the time of the look-up based on their documented school schedule.

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The student profile is a great academic and behavior snapshot to personalize your instruction and interaction with your incoming students.

Existing Study Center users can find detailed instructions on how to use Panorama here. But for all of those who just can’t wait to get insight on all of their new students…

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Topics: K-12 Education, Chalkable Announcements, Education Technology

Deanna Zaucha

Written by Deanna Zaucha

Deanna Zaucha is the Content Marketing Specialist at Chalkable, and also manages their social media presence. In her free time, she can be found on the dance floor, or on her iPhone keeping up with the latest trends in education, marketing, and technology. Read more from Deanna on Twitter.