DATA TOOLS

CLASSROOM DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS (CDT)

The Pennsylvania Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) is a set of online assessments, divided by content area, designed to provide diagnostic information in order to guide instruction and remediation. The CDT reporting system is fully integrated in the Standards Aligned System (SAS). It assists educators in identifying student academic strengths, and areas in need of improvement, by providing links to classroom resources. The diagnostic reports feature easy-to-follow links to targeted curricular resources and materials, including units and lesson plans found within the SAS system. The CDT is available to districts at no cost.

Contact Josh Hoyt: 610-987-8535 – joshoy@berksiu.org

DIBELS

What is DIBELS?

The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills.

DIBELS are comprised of seven measures to function as indicators of phonemic awareness, alphabetic principle, accuracy and fluency with connected text, reading comprehension, and vocabulary. DIBELS were designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in acquisition of basic early literacy skills in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.

Why use DIBELS Next?

The purposes of DIBELS are:

  • to identify students who may be at risk for reading difficulties (universal screening);
  • to help teachers identify areas to target instructional support;
  • to monitor at-risk students while they receive additional, targeted instruction; and
  •  to examine the effectiveness of your school’s system of instructional supports.

The advantages of DIBELS are:

  • DIBELS has been specifically designed to be used within a problem-solving, outcomes-driven model of decision-making and response to intervention.
  • The DIBELS measures are reliable and valid.
  • Research-based benchmark goals are available which define a level at which the odds are in the student’s favor of meeting later reading outcome goals.


    Contact Sherry Milchick: 610-987-8648 – shemil@berksiu.org

eMETRIC

eMetric’s Data Interaction (DI) platform is a data-driven, web-based reporting solution designed exclusively for K-12 educators. The solution is the result of a unique combination of educational research, statistical sophistication, and the latest technology. The platform provides districts with dynamic access to assessment results with many easy-to-use options for querying, reporting and analysis. The tools available in eMetric provide immediate access to student data, enhance understanding of student achievement and trends in achievement, bridge the gap between collecting assessment data and using data to inform instruction and empower educators with data-based decision making.

Contact Dan Richards: 610-987-8370 – danric@berksiu.org

PENNSYLVANIA VALUE-ADDED ASSESSMENT SYSTEM (PVAAS)

PVAAS is a statistical analysis of Pennsylvania (PA) state assessment data, and provides Pennsylvania districts and schools with growth data to add to achievement data. This lens of measuring student learning provides educators with valuable information to ensure they are meeting the academic needs of groups of students, as well as individual students.  PVAAS is one of the tools in the cadre of tools provided to districts from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Districts and schools are using PVAAS (growth data), in conjunction with achievement data, to make sure students are on the path to proficiency and beyond. Utilizing all the data available (growth and achievement), educators are able to make data-informed instructional decisions to ensure the academic growth and achievement of all students.

Contact Charlie Trovato: 610-987-8299 – chatro@berksiu.org

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PROFILE (SPP)

The Pennsylvania School Performance Profile offers a web-based resource for districts/schools to communicate performance results to various constituencies and assist districts and schools in aligning and focusing resources for continuous improvement. This PA School Performance Profile also serves several other purposes:

  • Provides a building level academic score for educators as part of the Educator Effectiveness System as required by 24 P.S. § 11-1123 – Act 82 – 2012
  • Provides information used in determining federal accountability status for Title I schools as required by the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act section 1111(h)(1) and (h)2
  • Informs the public of the academic performance measures of each school, comprehensive career and technical center, cyber charter and charter school in Pennsylvania
  • Provides resources to support schools as they seek to improve academic performance


    Contact Dan Richards: 610-987-8370 – danric@berksiu.org



contact:
Daniel Richards – 610-987-8370 – danric@berksiu.org
Teresa Schutt – 610-987-8623 – tersch@berksiu.org