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SY21-22 at a Glance

PVAAS Data

Building & Supporting K-12 Data Systems

Professional learning in SY21-22 and beyond will highlight supporting educators in building healthy K-12 assessment systems and the understanding and use of multiple data sources, including PVAAS, within the context of decision-making at the district, school, grade/subject, classroom, and student levels.

Recordings of Past SY21-22 Professional Learning

Data Meetings: Creating Purpose, Process, and a Schedule that Works! (YouTube)
The analysis of student learning data takes place in various ways at varying levels within an LEA or school. Join this session to enhance your understanding of three distinct levels of data analysis (school, grade/subject, and classroom levels), how to define the purposes for each, and how to align a data meeting schedule that coincides with access to student learning data. Purpose aligned to practice is the focus of this session to enhance the work of data teams to really use data, not just admire the data!

Re-Visiting PVAAS Roster Verification (YouTube) Updated February 2022
The PVAAS roster verification process is critical as the data verified from this process is used to generate PVAAS teacher-specific data that is ultimately used as part of the three-year rolling average used in educators' final rating forms. This one-hour overview will provide a refresher of the PVAAS roster verification process for district and school administrators wishing to revisit timelines, teacher and administrator responsibilities, and the use of PIMS collections for pre-population in the web-based roster verification system. A variety of supports and resources will be shared to which educators can access throughout the year.

Supporting Subject/Grade Level Data Meetings: Process and Protocols (YouTube)
Data analysis at the subject/grade level requires important actions: pre-planning for purpose and focus, use of a structured process, and the design of a protocol that fits the purpose. Join this session to enhance the effectiveness of data analysis at the grade and/or subject levels. Help your data teams maximize student outcomes through effective action planning based on student learning data!

Student Level Data Analysis: Process and Protocols (YouTube)
How can teachers support individual students in their classroom through the collection of student learning data? Join this session to learn more about ways to monitor student growth and achievement throughout the school year using various types of data and various types of student learning assessments. Student level data protocols are one piece of the pie that promotes the close monitoring of specific students in need of support, differentiation, or customization of their learning.

K-12 Data in PA: An Introduction (YouTube)
Are you a new Pennsylvania educator in recent years? Are you an educator looking to refresh yourself on K-12 student learning data sources and tools? This session is for YOU! Join to learn more about the various data terms, measures, and tools used in Pennsylvania - and how these tools and measures fit together to support decisions at the district, school, and grade/subject levels. Time will be spent discussing PA Future Ready Index, PA Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS), Data Interaction (eMetric), and the PDE SAS Portal.

Roster Verification: Make the Most of PIMS! (YouTube) Updated February 2022
Ensuring the PVAAS Roster Verification system is pre-populated with key information on teachers' instructional responsibility for students is a time-saver for district and school administrators, and teachers. This session will provide an overview of the timelines and key PIMS data collections critical to this process. A brief overview of the PVAAS roster verification process, including key decisions regarding teacher eligibility and instructional responsibility, will also be provided to give context to the importance of the timeliness and accuracy of the PIMS submissions.

Root Cause: Building an Understanding of Variables Within the Control of Educators (YouTube)
Does your data team sometimes jump to quick conclusions? Does your data team sometimes look externally for solutions rather than what is within the control of the education system? An effective data team carefully considers variables that are within the control of the educators and the school system. An effective data team also has an ever developing repertoire of the wide and deep range of evidence-based practices in curriculum, instruction, assessment and organization that contribute to student outcomes - both growth and achievement. Too often, data teams may jump to solutions too quickly or shift to "problem admiration" rather than exploring a variety of proven practices that should be considered in the root cause identification process. This webinar will provide ways to support your data teams in expanding their knowledge regarding the range of many factors that are known to contribute to student growth and achievement and at the same time, help educators to more deeply reflect on those variables that ARE within their control, even if at face value, they may seem not to be.

Making Classroom Data Come to Life! (YouTube)
The classroom teacher is well known to be a key variable - if not, the most important variable - in impacting the growth of students. The teacher who uses classroom data in planning and delivering instruction for groups of students, as well as for informing individual student supports, may be more likely to impact student growth and achievement. This webinar will provide foundational information on the use of summative, formative, benchmark, and diagnostic data at the classroom level and also briefly discuss the use of teacher effectiveness data (PVAAS). Several teachers and teacher leaders will be featured, sharing how they are currently using data in their own classrooms and decisions.

Finding Root Cause (YouTube)
Identifying root cause is a critical step in school's continuous improvement process. However, it is sometimes short-changed, discussed at a surface level, or skipped altogether. This webinar will first provide a brief background on why this process is so critically important in the selectin of evidence-based strategies and the development of action plans and how data informs decisions about the highest impact variables to consider those that are likely influencing the outcomes noted. This session will also offer several processes and protocols that can be helpful in providing structure to the root cause identification process. Tools such as the Fishbone, 5 Whys, Affinity protocols, and LAUNCH will be explored, along with how to incorporate the Digging Deeper Guides into a structured process.

Two Views of Data Use - Analyzing District Data & Supporting Principals in Data Use (YouTube)
As a new LEA/ district leader, new to your role or perhaps even new to PA, your role includes using data at the LEA/district level to inform LEA/system-wide continuous improvement AND also includes providing support to school leaders (Principals & Assistant Principals) in their use of data at the school level. This webinar supports those at the LEA/district level (Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Curriculum Directors, Special Education Directors, ESL Directors, etc.) in how to analyze data across the K-12 level AND support school leaders through structured discussions that enhance the practice of using data at the school level. Resources will be shared that provide key questions and "look-fors" related to evidence that certain practices are in place.

Jump in the PVAAS Driver's Seat: New PVAAS Value-Added and Diagnostic Reporting (YouTube)
SAS EVAAS has redesigned the PVAAS Value-Added and Diagnostic Reporting to give you control of the data steering wheel for your school's and LEA/district's data! You now have the flexibility to answer specific and purposeful questions about student growth and achievement with the redesigned PVAAS Value-Added and Diagnostic Reporting. This session is designed for all educators and leaders who want to walk away with some suggested approaches to meaningfully navigate the newly designed PVAAS reporting!

Preparing for an Efficient Roster Verification Process (YouTube)
Preparing for PVAAS Roster Verification is critical as the data counts toward an educator's evaluation with the spring 2022 roster verification process serving as data to support year one data in a teacher's three-year rolling average. This session will provide an overview of the PVAAS roster verification process and the key responsibilities of teachers, principals, and district administrators throughout the eight-week process. Tips will be shared on how staff can efficiently use their time in the four roster verification phases to ensure rosters are accurate and verified during the allotted timeframes. Time will be allotted for questions and a review of available resources.

Auditing Your Assessments: Is What You Are Using Working? (YouTube)
We have an assessment map/plan, but is it designed to meet the needs of our students? How do we know this? How often do we evaluate and/or revise our assessment map? Auditing your assessment map is an annual task that can be effectively undertaken with the application of a few key strategies that focus on features such as the purpose of the assessment, timing of the assessment and results availability, cost, and other important factors. Auditing for redundancy, consistency, vertical articulation, balance and comprehensiveness across a K-12 system will be discussed in this webinar. If you currently have an assessment map or are considering creating one, this session will help you with this work!

Revisiting PVAAS in 2021-2022 – What Does This Mean for LEA/DISTRICT LEADERS? (YouTube)
Hey, LEA/DISTRICT LEADERS! PVAAS is back and here's what you need to know – no matter the perspective you have as an LEA/district leader (Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent; Directors of Curriculum, Special Education, and ESL; or K-12 Content Leader). After years impacted by the pandemic, a gap year in state assessments, and an adjustment in the assessment window, PVAAS reporting is back to give you a look at your educational system through data in growth and student projections. With all-new reporting features and the return of some favorites, you'll be able to pair your student achievement data alongside your student growth data to create a picture of learning in your LEA/district. You'll be able to see the impact of the pandemic from new Unfinished Teaching and Learning Reporting and dig deeper into your data with a newly redesigned value-added and diagnostic report. Join us for a view on using PVAAS reporting to look at the impact of your LEA/district-wide system.

Revisiting PVAAS in 2021-2022 – What Does This Mean for SCHOOL LEADERS? (YouTube)
Hey, SCHOOL LEADERS! PVAAS is back and here's what you need to know from your perspective as a Principal, Assistant Principal, or Teacher Leader. After years impacted by the pandemic, a gap year in state assessments, and an adjustment in the assessment window, PVAAS reporting is back to give you a look at your school through data in growth and student projections. With all-new reporting features and the return of some favorites, you'll be able to pair your student achievement data alongside your student growth data to create a picture of learning in your school. You'll be able to see the impact of the pandemic new Unfinished Teaching and Learning Reporting and dig deeper into your data with a newly redesigned value-added and diagnostic report. Join us for a view on using PVAAS reporting to look at the impact of your schoolwide system.

New School Leaders – How Do I Build and Enhance a Data Culture? (YouTube)
Are you new to your role as Principal or Assistant Principal? Or, perhaps a veteran school leader but new to PA? If so, this session is for you! The focus of this webinar is on how a new school leader can use various types of data, including but not limited to, student learning data in enhancing a school's data culture. The session will focus on assessing the level of data use in a school, identifying the next steps in building and enhancing that data culture, and using practical strategies to increase the capacity of staff in using data. The four types of data, as well as the four types of student learning assessments, will be shared during the webinar, along with additional resources that support this work.

Building Capacity to Support English Learners & Your ESL Program: A Look at How PVAAS Can Support that Work (YouTube)
PVAAS is a powerful tool to assist educators in planning instruction and resources to best meet the needs of students, including your English Learners. It can also be a valuable tool, when used with other data, in helping to evaluate and assess your ESL services. This webinar will focus on analyzing the impact of your ESL program with several key PVAAS reports, and how other PVAAS student-level data can be used to support goal setting and the determination of supports for your English Learners.