Navigating around the Washington State Report Card
Now that we know where to find Report Card and the resources housed on it, let's dive into navigation and data.
The Report Card has data from different levels of organizations: schools, districts, and state.
The first section has a field that allows you to start typing the name of a school or district, and a list will auto-populate showing entries that meet the criteria.
If you do not know the name of the organization you are looking for, you can also select the "...or choose from a list" link which will switch the typing field to a drop down option. If you select a district, the second list will filter to just schools in that district. To see district level data, keep the school selector on "All Schools".
Just below that is the option to see statewide data.
This option be used to answer questions like "How many 3rd graders are there in the state?" or "What is the average number of student per classroom in the state?".
Let's start with state data. From the top of the page (and this will be true for all organizations you select) it will list contact information for the organization and a 'view summary PDF' link that will open up a new window. This will populate a PDF that can be easily printed and used during parent teacher conferences or embedded on your school or district website. Scrolling down, you will see tabs with Report Card, Targets, and Diversity Report.
The main tab, Report Card, has high level data broken out into different measures. More on that shortly. The second tab, Targets, is only visible at the state level, and shows the targets the state is aiming for on a couple of federally required data elements. The Diversity Report shows most of the same data as the Report Card tab, broken out by student/educator demographics and program enrollment, such as federal race ethnicity, gender, and students with disabilities.
For example, Report Card tab will answer "How many students are enrolled at my school?" while the Diversity Report will answer "How many Low-Income students are enrolled at my school?".
Let's click into Report Card and look at some general features that will be duplicated across these tabs.
Below the tabs will be a visual summary of high level summary statistics for the organization selected:
For smaller schools, some of these data points might be missing to protect student privacy (remember the 'what is suppression' FAQ scavenger hunt question?).
Below these summary statistics there are a list of data topics to the left of the screen with data measures below them.
Each of these data measures are grouped under data topics . For instance, the Student Performance topic has two measures under it: Assessment and English Learner Assessment. Let's click in to Assessment. Each measure will have measure breakdowns, or tabs, at the top of the data display that will help you dive into the data. Below those there will always be a question that the data below it is answering. In this case, the data are answering "What percent of students met grade level standards?".
Below the data display there will always be a block of text that is giving additional context to the data above. Finally, at the bottom of the display, there are buttons that will direct you to an OSPI resources with more information, export a PDF of the data shown, download the data, and contact the data owner.
When you click on "Download Data", most of the time you will see a box with an arrow next to "For All Years and Organizations". This option will send you to our Data Portal where the raw data are located. This option is best suited for questions like "How many Students with Disabilities in the 3rd grade met state standards on the Smarter Balanced ELA assessment". (More on that in the next module.)
Now let's dive into the data displays. When you hover over the data, a tool tip will pop up with more information. For instance, hover over the General Assessment for English Language Arts bar - this tool tip will show how many students were expected to test.
Click through the "Trend", "By Grade", and "Detail" measure breakdowns to see what data are available there.
Take a couple of minutes to explore the other data available under the Report Card tab.
Let's bounce over to the Diversity Report and look at what data are available in the Student Performance topic there.
Two measures are listed, Assessment by Student Demographic, and Assessment by Student Program and Characteristic. Student Characteristics include Gender and Federal Race Ethnicity.
Student Program and Characteristics include English Language Learners, Foster Care, Homeless, Low-Income, Migrant, Military Parent, Section 504, and Students with Disabilities.
The same functionality outlined above exists here, dive deeper into the measure breakdown tabs, and make sure to hover to see what information is displayed in the tool tips.
Now test your understanding with the following questions.