Explorer takes you into the underlying detail hidden in diagnostic data with amazing clarity.
In terms of NAPLAN, two screens are all that’s needed for leaders to quickly see trends across all past years of the test. For example, which domains are strong or weak? Is the trend line going up, flat or even going backward? Once an area such a Writing, Numeracy or Reading draws leaders’ attention, the Explorer makes it simple to see which skills within these domains account for the lowest performance.
But leaders aren’t limited to these views. They can, of course, continue to follow their interests at this school level or dig deeper into cohort, class or student views.
Similar insights can be gained through the range of ACER’s PAT tests and Allwell’s academic assessments.
Never before have school leaders easily seen into the richness of these data sets. When insights are this easy, there’s more time for teaching and learning.
When teachers log into the Diagnostic NAPLAN Explorer, they are greeted with a powerful and friendly dashboard that surfaces key information contained across more detailed reports.
The Dashboard is made up of cards that each focus on significant data raised from the school’s diagnostic tests. Specific cards display such things as growth between tests, the range of scores in each domain and the skill areas where students could make the most improvement.
Being able to quickly differentiate within the class can help teachers at the beginning of the year, but also when special activities are scheduled (for example, a heavy writing assignment in Science or dense reading assignment in Maths).
In this way, at the secondary level especially, diagnostic tests are helpful to teachers of all subjects and we move past the notion that core students’ skills in literacy and numeracy are only of interest to teachers of English and mathematics.
Of course, beyond the Dashboard, teachers can explore where classes and students can use the most help and even see specific sub-skills holding back even the highest achieving students.
Classroom teachers can more easily target teaching with differentiated groupings based on skill gaps and strengths.
At an individual student level, teachers and leaders can finally see results for all diagnostic tests on one screen. Similarly, it’s so easy to move from the class to the student level that teachers and support staff will find the Explorer an invaluable aid when tailoring activities to students’ personal learning goals.
After all the years of students “sitting tests,” because the insights are so easy for teachers to get, diagnostic tests can fulfil their potential to benefit student learning.