I expected tonight’s OUSD test score wrap-up to be another dry Power Point of weeks-old news. I did not anticipate the “motion chart.”
Don’t know what that is? I didn’t either, but you can see for yourself.
If you want to see six or seven years worth of Oakland Unified test score trends by school or by grade-level, and subject, and if you want to see how Oakland kids have measured up to their peers statewide on the tests, click one of the above links, check the boxes of interest and hit play.
Ingrid Roberson, who heads the district’s assessment and data department, just finished showing us the data. (Yes, the school board’s meeting tonight for some reason because Rosh Hashanah begins Wednesday.) Roberson noted that, district wide, math scores in grades 2 and 5 have surpassed state levels.
Superintendent Tony Smith said this information will give parents and other people the opportunity to spot trends and ask questions about what’s working and what’s not. He said he eventually wants to publish student-level data (without names, presumably).
“We need to use every tool at our disposal,” Smith said. “I’d be hard-pressed to find another district that would present its data this way.”
What questions or observations do you have, after seeing this chart?