ST. JOHN | Lake Central School Corp. teachers will have a new tool in the coming school year to help address students' strengths and weaknesses.
Sarah Castaneda, the district’s new director of secondary education, reviewed Matrix, the new online data warehouse, for the School Board recently.
Developed by Kansas-based AllofE Solutions, Matrix stores and analyzes all data from assessment tests taken by students enrolled in Lake Central schools, creating a record for each student. These assessments include ISTEP+, IREAD-3, mClass reading and math for grades kindergarten through second grade, acuity and ACT, PSAT and SAT tests.
This is the first time every type of student assessment will be available in one place and maintained throughout each student’s school experience, Castaneda said.
“The system can be customized to meet our specific needs. Reports can be run at a variety of levels ...,” Castaneda said.
“It allows teachers to look at their current student roster and see past performances,” she added. “We will be able to use this data to drive instruction.”
Matrix helps identify students’ strengths and weakness at the start of a school year. It also monitors student growth and assists in identifying students who need additional instruction and those who would potentially do well with more rigorous course work.
“It is easier to set student learning objectives for RISE (the teacher evaluation model from the Indiana Department of Education) at the start of the school year,” Castaneda said.
Teachers will be trained in using Matrix in early August, and it will be ready to roll out when classes start Aug. 13, she said.
Lake Central school administrators, including building principals and directors, also will be able to access the information to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and initiatives.