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2020-21 School Year Connections​SY20-21 at a Glance

Year of CONNECTIONS!

Connections between PVAAS and Your Responsibilities
Professional learning opportunities will highlight the alignment between your responsibilities, decisions and your PVAAS data.

Connections between PVAAS Data and Additional Data Points
Professional learning opportunities will include connections between PVAAS data and other data points so you can be confident that you are making well informed decisions.

Connections with Colleagues
Professional learning opportunities will include opportunities for you to meet and network with colleagues from around the state – colleagues who, like you, are interested in deepening their understanding of using multiple data points to inform their decisions. You may hear directly from educators in similar roles as they present and/or as you interact with them in small groups during the sessions.

Recordings from Prior SY20-21 Professional Learning

Planning for Next Year; Beyond Past Practices to Effective Data Use – An Elementary Focus (YouTube)
In planning for next school year, we need to focus on both our historical data as well as current data that is available to us as elementary educators. Planning efforts include master schedule planning, individual student course placements, needed systems of tiered supports, and staffing and resource allocation. How do we continue to use data in this year of adjustments due to COVID-19 to keep our focus on data to inform our needs for the 2021-2022 school year?

Planning for Next Year; Beyond Past Practices to Effective Data Use – A Secondary Focus (YouTube)
In planning for next school year, we need to focus on both our historical data as well as current data that is available to us as secondary educators. Planning efforts include master schedule planning, individual student course placements, needed systems of tiered supports, and staffing and resource allocation. How do we continue to use data in this year of adjustments due to COVID-19 to keep our focus on data to inform our needs for the 2021-2022 school year?

Premiering the New PVAAS Value-Added Report: More Value to Value-Added (YouTube)
View this video to learn about the NEW Value-Added report premiering in PVAAS. SAS EVAAS, in collaboration with PDE and the PVAAS Statewide Team for PDE, showcases how to navigate the new reporting design and discusses how educators can leverage the new features to better inform their decisions and work at the district, school, and grade levels. The dynamic, interactive, and easy-to-read design of the new Value-Added report supports educators in investigating and analyzing their data in fresh and exciting ways.

What Decisions? So, What Data – For District Leaders (YouTube)
By establishing good data practices, district leaders are able to make informed decisions based on facts and information – rather than on opinion, assumptions, or past practices. To do this effectively, it is important to first know what your decisions are as district leaders! Knowing your decision is the first step to determining what data sources – including PVAAS data – you need to analyze, what key reports within those data sources are most beneficial, and then how to move forward from the analysis perspective to effective action plans!

What Decisions? So, What Data – For School Leaders (YouTube)
By establishing good data practices, school leaders are able to make informed decisions based on facts and information – rather than on opinion, assumptions, or past practices. To do this effectively, it is important to first know what your decisions are as school leaders! Knowing your decision is the first step to determining what data sources – including PVAAS data – you need to analyze, what key reports within those data sources are most beneficial, and then how to move forward from the analysis perspective to effective action plans!

What Decisions? So, What Data – For Teacher Leaders (YouTube)
By establishing good data practices, teachers and teacher leaders are able to make informed decisions based on facts and information – rather than on opinion, assumptions, or past practices. To do this effectively, it is important to first know what your decisions are as teachers and teacher leaders! Knowing your decision is the first step to determining what data sources – including PVAAS data – you need to analyze, what key reports within those data sources are most beneficial, and then how to move forward from the analysis perspective to effective action plans!

Secondary Scheduling: Using Data to Determine Need (YouTube)
In this year of change and adjustments, how do you move forward in scheduling for next year? In this video, learn how existing PVAAS student projection can assist you in looking to the current pathways of your students to best determine their needs and courses next year. Which math courses are most appropriate for students, including Algebra I? What sequence of Math or ELA courses best meet students' needs? Which students are you recommending for Honors level courses? Which students are being considered for AP course placement? Using PVAAS data with many other existing data sources is an effective strategy to ensure your course offerings are what student truly need. Hear directly from a PA school district who is using PVAAS projections along with other data points to determine appropriate math sequencing for their students!

Educators in Action: Supporting Data in a Year of Change (YouTube)
District and school level leadership is critical in building and sustaining a foundational data culture in our schools. This year, more than ever, it is important to keep a focus on sustaining a data culture to inform practice, address gaps in learning, and evaluate outcomes. District leaders from two PA districts share their strategies and experiences in creating and sustaining a data culture, as well as how they have addressed challenges in the past and are addressing challenges now. These administrators focus on locally developed processes that have proven beneficial in using multiple sources of data, to support a focus on the use of data at the school and classroom level. Ideas are shared for building the capacity of school leaders and teachers around the continued use of data to address learning gaps and keep students moving forward in their achievement and growth.

Supporting Teachers in Monitoring Student Progress – Elementary Focus (YouTube)
A key role you play as an elementary school leaders is to support your teachers in effective understanding and use of data to monitor student progress throughout the school year. This often begins with ensuring the appropriate assessments and reporting tools are in place. Then, allowing for data meetings to occur that support timely use of data using established protocols to facilitate discussions and meaningful action plans. View this recording to hear about various strategies and resources that can support you in this work at the elementary level.

Supporting Teachers in Monitoring Student Progress – Secondary Focus (YouTube)
A key role you play as an secondary school leaders is to support your teachers in effective understanding and use of data to monitor student progress throughout the school year. This often begins with ensuring the appropriate assessments and reporting tools are in place. Then, allowing for data meetings to occur that support timely use of data using established protocols to facilitate discussions and meaningful action plans. View this recording to hear about various strategies and resources that can support you in this work at the secondary level.

Teachers Monitoring Student Progress Mid-Year –Secondary Focus (YouTube)

As a secondary teacher, how do you know if students are on the right track? Are your students where you want them to be mid-year? Are they making the progress needed to reach end of year goals? Learn ways PVAAS student projections when combined with benchmark, diagnostic, and progress monitoring data can help you identify students’ risk levels and determine the answers to these questions.

Teachers Monitoring Student Progress Mid-Year –Elementary Focus (YouTube)
As an elementary teacher, how do you know if students are on the right track? Are your students where you want them to be mid-year? Are they making the progress needed to reach end of year goals? Learn ways PVAAS student projections when combined with benchmark, diagnostic, and progress monitoring data can help you identify students' risk levels and determine the answers to these questions.

Foundations to Understanding Using PVAAS Projections – For Admins (YouTube)
As an administrator, PVAAS student projections are key data to assist decisions at the district, school, classroom, and student levels. View this video to build your foundational knowledge of PVAAS student projection reporting and explore how students’ testing histories can be utilized to generate student projections to future outcomes – even beyond state testing. Learn consistent language to explain the data found in PVAAS Projection Summaries, Individual Student Projection Reports, and Child Success Summaries. Examples are shared allowing you to make connections between your work, your decisions, and PVAAS student projections.

Foundations to Understanding Using PVAAS Projections – For Teachers (YouTube)
As a teacher or teacher leader, PVAAS student projections are key data to assist decisions at the school, classroom, and student levels. View this video to build your foundational knowledge of PVAAS student projection reporting and explore how students’ testing histories can be utilized to generate student projections to future outcomes – even beyond state testing. Learn more about the data found in PVAAS Projection Summaries, Individual Student Projection Reports, and Child Success Summaries. Examples are shared allowing you to make connections between your work as a teacher, your decisions, and PVAAS student projections.

Connecting PVAAS to Student-Centered Goals (YouTube)
Setting goals with students and monitoring their progress is key to successful learning. In this video, learn how PVAAS projections through an expanded Child Success Summary, combined with other student-level data, can be used to set student-centered goals and a plan of action to meet those goals and monitor progress.

School Counselors: PVAAS is for You Too! (YouTube)
As a school counselor you may work with students to help them select courses, colleges, and careers. In this video, you’ll learn about ways to use student level projections along with additional data points collected at our school to inform these conversations with students and parents.

Core Classes and Beyond! Using Traditional Data in Non-Traditional Ways (YouTube)
Educators are using PVAAS projections for goal setting, scheduling, and progress monitoring for core classes. Did you know you can go beyond the core? Beyond Keystone courses? In this video, you’ll learn ways to use projections to Keystones, AP, ACT, SAT, and PSAT in ways you may not have considered, including curriculum decisions and course evaluation.

Accessing Available PVAAS Projections in SY2020-21 (YouTube)
Learn more about the PVAAS projections available to educators in SY2020-21, including access to and reliability of the projections.

We “Focused Forward” (YouTube)
Hear from leaders who combined data elements to plan for SY20-21.

Focus Forward – A Call to Action (YouTube)
Learn more about how comparing PVAAS projections to SY20-21 baseline data can provide you with a clearer picture of students’ current risk levels to inform goal setting for the year.

Using Multiple Data Points to Inform Keystone Retesting Decisions (YouTube)
Hear about ways school leaders, school counselors, and teachers can align multiple data points, including PVAAS projections and diagnostic and benchmark data, to assist schools and students in the decision to participate in Keystone retesting

PVAAS Child Success Summary – Key Data You Have Now (YouTube)
Learn more about how the PVAAS Child Success Summary is expanding with additional data and updated PVAAS projection probabilities of reaching benchmarks on future state and college readiness assessments (PSSA, Keystone, AP, PSAT, SAT, and ACT) – assisting s educators to make informed decisions regarding student goals, supports, scheduling, and risk levels.

PVAAS & PIMS Data: Quality In, Quality Out (YouTube)
PIMS data collections have a powerful impact on the ability of educators to use PVAAS reports. Hear how submitting quality data to PIMS ensures your LEA/district can access the data they need to support meaningful decisions for students. Gain insights into strategies your LEA/district can use to improve the quality of that data, and how administrators, teachers, and counselors are impacted by the data – saving you and your team hours of effort.