Secondary Workshop Activity 


This workshop activity will guide you through the Framework for Effective Data Use using a secondary school example, specifically, Grade 10 achievement in English.  As a reminder, the Framework for Effective Data Use answers the following questions:

Step 1   What do you need to know ... about your school, classroom, students, etc?
Step 2   What data is available ... from this report tool to help answer your question?
Step 3   How do you get the data ... from the system in a form that you understand?
Step 4   What is the data telling you ... about the question you posed or a trend you notice?
Step 5   What other information do you need ... to complete the picture?
Step 6   What do you do with the information ... to support student success and school planning?




This workshop activity guides you through the Framework for Effective Data Use where the area of focus is Grade 10 achievement in English.

Workshop Materials:



1. What Do You Need to Know?

How did your current Grade 10 students achieve in English last year?
How are the English marks distributed for Marking Period 4 (2007-2008 final) for Applied and Academic courses?

2. What Data is Available?

Select Secondary Achievement Level Summary

  • 2008 - 2009 (Optional:  Select the current school year)
  • Marking Period 4 (Optional:  Select the most recent marking period)
  • Grade 10
  • Course Discipline ‘English'

3.  How Do You Get the Data?

Log into the NYC Reporting Tool (Noel or YRDSB) using your ID and password to run the report above.

4. What is the Data Telling You?

Ask additional questions.

5. What Other Information Do You Need?

Consider if there are significant differences across marking periods reflected in the data.  Ask: How does this compare to Marking Period 3 for the same students?

Look at the trends in the bottom section of the report.

Don't stop there.  What other information would help to answer your original question and create a more comprehensive picture of your area of focus?

Ask:  Have the students improved from term to term?  Looking at Semester 2 only, how do your Academic English courses compare to the overall?

Use what you know about what data is available and how you get the data, to retrieve this information.  Specifically, in the top section of the report, change the All Course Types selection to Academic.

Now ask:  How do your Applied English courses compare to the oveall?

Change the All Course Types selection to Applied.

Digging Deeper Still . . .

Dig deeper into your Applied Students category and use the filter/comparison options.

  1. Does the picture change when you look at the gender comparison?
  2. Does the picture change when you look at Aboriginal vs. non-Aboriginal students?
  3. Does the picture change when you look at SPED/IEP?
  4. Does any of the data cause you to initiate an immediate action?  Long-term action?

Digging into student-level data:

  1. What percentage of students are below 50?
  2. What percentage of students are between 50-59?
  3. Drill through to these students to review their individual profiles.

Do you see a clearer picture of the student emerging?

6. What Do You Do With the Information? 

To complete this workshop activity and address this question, please fill in and submit the Secondary Workshop Activity & Reflection Form.



Last modified: Monday, 24 January 2011, 06:52 PM