Navigating Student Success
This page walks through the high-level navigation of features and pages in Student Success. You can watch the video for a high-level overview of everything you can do in Student Success, or browse the descriptions and linked pages below to learn more about the different sections of the platform. The video is approximately 20 minutes long, but you can use the chapters on the right to navigate to specific sections you are most interested in learning about.
The video also includes prompts to answer questions or to practice using each of the features, to solidify your learnings during this first exploration of Student Success.
Before diving into the platform, we recommend that you use the worksheet to the right to share your Hopes and Hurdles.
This activity is a good way to acknowledge what you believe the impact of the data will be, as well as surface any concerns or questions you may have as you view the data. Writing down these thoughts upfront allows you to be aware of your own mindset while you look through the platform.
Go to File > Make a Copy or Download to save an editable version that you can fill out before learning more about Student Success.
On the district page, you'll be able to see a high-level overview of how students across the district are doing. Hover over data points to learn more about what specific numbers mean, and use the View By and Filters on the left to understand how specific groups of students are doing in school.
The School Dashboard gives more detailed insights into the performance of students at the school-level, as well as a deep dive into attendance data. On the Overview page, you can use View By and Filters to zoom in on specific groups of students. On the Attendance Dashboard, you'll see a graph of the percent of students in attendance across the school year. The attendance rate graph helps you to understand attendance trends at key points in the school year as well as over a longer period of time. You can use the timeframe buttons or the slider bar to see adjust the dates that you're looking at.
At the bottom of the page you'll find a list of students who were absent the previous day, as well as information about how many times they have been absent recently, their grade level and why they missed school. This is a great place to keep track of individual students who may be at risk of chronic absenteeism or truancy.
Want to learn more about the District and School Dashboards? Check out Using the District and School Dashboards for more detail on using these dashboards as a tool to answer high-level questions.
The Students tab contains school-level data for each of your indicator bars (Academics, Attendance, Behavior, and SEL). You'll see a full list of every student in the selected school and how they're doing in each of the different subject areas. On the left you'll also have access to a birthdays dashboard, assessment data, interventions, and filters that allow you to narrow down the list of students you're looking at.
- What percentage of students are on track for college and career readiness?
Are we making progress in closing achievement gaps?
- Which students are trending down in academics, behavior, or coursework?
- Which students are receiving interventions?
- Which students have a support plan in progress?
- Is there a relationship between grades, chronic absenteeism, behavior incidents, and SEL competencies in our school?
Indicators: The indicator bars represent four key readiness thresholds. Hover your mouse over each bar to see the number of students included in each category and the cutoff. The indicator bars let you understand connections between the data (e.g., which of my students who reported strengths in fewer than half of SEL competencies and are also struggling in their coursework?). Check box next to the percentage in any of the indicator bars. You’ll notice the other indicator bars shift based on your selection. The indicator bars will now only show the selected population of students.
Data over time: You also have the ability to look at trends over time. You can toggle between timeframes by selecting the period of time you wish to review above the indicator bars.
Filters: Demographic filters help you understand how different groups of students are doing. Select the group whose data you would like to see (e.g., students with IEPs) by using the demographic filters on the left side of the screen.
Assessment Data: You can track student progress on formative assessment data such as STAR and NWEA and compare the information to coursework data to gain a full picture of a student’s academic performance. To see assessment data, click the subject you would like to see on the left side of the screen. Once you select the subject, you can see how assessment data has changed over time at the school and how it compares to school level coursework data.
Trending data: The trending feature allows you gain quick insights into a student’s performance. If a student’s grades, attendance, behavior or social-emotional learning have changed significantly in the past seven days, an arrow will appear next to the student indicator.
- The direction of the arrow indicates whether the student is improving or declining. The color of the arrow indicates where the student used to be. For example, a red arrow that is trending up indicates the student has improved and is no longer in the critical category
- You can also filter and see only improving or declining students. Use the left navigation bar and select trending.
Interventions: Intervention tracking allows you to quickly see what students are receiving interventions. Students who are enrolled in an intervention (e.g., Tier 2 Math Intervention) will have a flag next to their name. To see only students who are enrolled in an intervention, use the interventions filters on the left. More information can be found on a student's profile page.
You can navigate to any student's profile by clicking on their name or picture. Their profile will show each of the different subject areas you've seen throughout the platform, but in much more detail. You'll see any interventions students are a part of, their current and full year's grades, day-to-day attendance, any behavior incidents, and self-reported SEL skills.
Navigating Student Groups
On this page you'll see all of the student groups you have created, as well as groups that have been shared with you. You can learn more about creating and saving groups of students in this article.
- How are students in a specific homeroom doing on coursework, attendance, behavior, and SEL?
- How are 9th grade girls performing in my school?
- Are students who self-reported no SEL strengths in semester 1 and who were at risk for coursework making improvements in semester 2?
Static Groups: Static groups let you monitor specific students. Sample static groups might include: guided reading groups, sports teams, or students who are new to your school this year. To create a new static group, click on the student photos in the students tab. Click add to group, and name your group.
Smart Groups: Smart groups allow you to track a group of students with shared characteristics. For example, you can create a smart group to track students who are trending upwards in coursework. This group will auto-populate based on the latest data. To create a smart group, click the appropriate filters and click save.