Assessment and Data Analysis
The Assessment and Program Evaluation Department at Tigard-Tualatin School District is responsible for facilitating the administration of standardized assessments and promoting the effective use of assessment data within the district. Assessments provide educators with measurable data of student performance on both behavioral and academic expectations. Such information can be used to evaluate student abilities, inform classroom instruction, and improve educational programs.
It is the process of using evidence to understand and improve student learning in academic programs. TTSD utilizes three types of assessments to accomplish this goal.
- The first is academic assessments where the student is tested on specific academic knowledge and skills. These assessments take the form of your traditional "test."
- For the second, we utilize student engagement data such as attendance rates, office discipline referrals, and course performance (class grades) to determine how/if the student is able to participate in the learning.
- The final assessment gages student perception. Students are surveyed on their experiences in school, with teachers, classmates, and the content of their lessons.
These assessments consist of those that we traditionally think of as assessment. They are tests that we give on student knowledge and skills in our different subject areas like science, English language arts, math, social studies, etc. Our department manages those standardized assessments mandated by the state as well as those we as a district use to monitor student growth on an interim basis throughout the year.
Student engagement data consists of those data points we typically find on a report card. It includes not only course grades, but also a student's attendance rate and office discipline referrals, which are also included in most report cards. These data points together are a good indicator of a student's ability to engage/participate in class and the content.
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How a student sees their own learning experience is a vital data point for understanding the context behind all the other data points. Do they feel safe in school and connected to their teachers and fellow students? How well are they able to access academic supports? What possible home issues might be occuring that affect their learning? The answers to these questions help us better understand the overall climate and culture of our schools.
Once assessments are administered and/or data is collected, the department works to analyze that data, integrate it into our reporting system, and provide meaningful and actionable results to our constituents. The department manages several long-term evaluation projects as well as responding to ad hoc requests as they come up.
District Assessment Coordinator
Assessment Support Specialist
Budget and Data Analyst