Opt-In Deadline for Teacher-Level Reporting Fast Approaching: Feb 18, 2022

In which districts, schools, and classrooms did students maintain or gain academic progress during the pandemic?

Did some student populations have more success than others? How did we contribute to that success, and how can we apply what we learned to future instructional programming?

What is the plan moving forward to meet student needs and accelerate their learning?

These are all questions that education administrators are asking and being asked. As a school leader, you depend on accurate, reliable information to inform decisions about how to best support students given current challenges. You must rely on data. Data that is accurate. Data that is actionable. And data that can account for the many variables that impact student learning beyond the pandemic.

That’s where Michigan’s EVAAS system comes into play. EVAAS provides educators with reflective data on past performance and predictive information on how students are likely to perform on future academic benchmarks.

This rich resource of district, school, teacher, and student level reports is available statewide at NO COST to districts.

Using EVAAS reporting, educators can identify gaps in student performance, assess students’ needs, and, as a result, provide the appropriate resources and strategies to address those needs. With EVAAS, educators can view custom results for groups of students they identify based on their knowledge of students’ instructional experiences during the pandemic, or access to instructional programs and interventions. By doing so, educators can use diagnostic reports to identify programs and interventions that support accelerated student learning and align resources with the programs that are achieving the best results.

Understanding Growth Reports in 2021-22

In 2020, the pandemic brought traditional teaching and learning to a halt, and educators adjusted their practices to address new challenges. Although most state assessments were not administered in 2019-20, instruction continued in many varied and non-traditional forms. Most students were able to take assessments during the 2020-21 school year, and EVAAS growth measures can be calculated despite the unique circumstances. Below is a guide to understanding and interpreting the 2020-21 M-STEP and PSAT growth reports.

What’s Next?

Michigan districts and schools have had access to EVAAS since 2018, and this type of reflective and predictive data is more important than ever. The 2020-21 district and school reports and updated student projections based on statewide assessments will be available in the EVAAS web application in early 2022.

How to Opt-In

In addition to the district, school, and student reports, Michigan districts can opt to receive teacher-level reporting that includes growth measures and diagnostic reports for teachers in tested grades and subject areas. For example, these reports can help to identify teachers who have historically succeeded in helping low achieving students meet or achieve average growth, allowing administrators to learn from their techniques as districts work to address missed learning due to pandemic disruptions. This reporting is based on the state summative assessments and, if sufficient data is available, NWEA MAP.

The deadline to opt-in to receive teacher-level reporting based on the 2020-21 assessments is February 18, 2022.

The MiDataHub makes it easier than ever to opt-in to teacher reporting. The EVAAS district administrator just needs to email MiDataHub at support@midatahub.org and request that their district be opted in.

To learn more about your district’s and school’s data, to confirm whether or not your district has already completed the opt-in process, or to inquire about hosting a no-cost training webinar in your area, please visit mi.sas.com and click the “Contact Us” button.

We hope you’ll join the hundreds of Michigan districts that are tapping into EVAAS to accelerate student learning and pandemic recovery.