For Immediate Release
Monday, January 5, 2015
Sliding into Homebase’s Schoolnet Assessments
Tarboro, NC: Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) is continuing to implement a new instructional improvement system provided by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 2015. Home Base is a statewide, instructional improvement system and student information system for teachers, students, parents and administrators. Teachers who use Home Base have access to student data and learning resources to help improve educational outcomes for students. Students are able to access their assignments, grades and learning activities. Parents also have access as they can view their child’s attendance and progress. Not only does Home Base put data and resources at the users’ fingertips, it does so with single sign-on access to the integrated system made up of the following components: Learner Profile and Student Information; Standards & Curriculum; Instructional Design: Practice & Resources; Assessment; Data Analysis & Reporting; and Professional Development & Educator Evaluation.
The District has given formative assessments to students through the Homebase Schoolnet program this fall. According to Janet Morris, the ECPS Testing & Accountability School Director, “Although the system had some problems statewide during our elementary/middle benchmark administration, Schoolnet continues to allow easy access to resources enabling classroom teachers to make more informed instructional decisions about the needs of their students. The Schoolnet system… integrates assessment, curriculum, instruction, and reporting/analysis in a single platform.” This holds many benefits for ECPS stakeholders who have increased the use of assessments and real time data to drive instruction in Schoolnet.
This powerful data tool helps parents, students and teachers view a “real-time” glimpse of what students know and are able to do. Parents can use the “Parent Portal” to review incorrect answers from their child’s test and quizzes from home. Teachers can use the Item Analysis features to determine what percentage of their students answered each test problem correctly. This also allows teachers to determine why students selected the wrong answer. In the review of the assessment, the students can discuss why the items are tricky, how to eliminate certain answers and steps they use to solve the problem. Having the students use this data to teach each other is a powerful outcome of using Schoolnet; it builds classroom cohesion with a stronger focus on learning.
ECPS stakeholders are increasingly integrating data driven practices into the school environment due to the implementation of this program and the professional development provided. At this time 98% of the teaching staff have been trained on how to create questions and assessments using Schoolnet in their goal 1 training. In goal 2 training, teachers learn to analyze data and find resources to help them reteach standards. The final goals focus on continuous analysis of data and building lesson plans within the program. This should equip teachers and other stakeholders with skills and strategies to personalize learning for students while using time-saving data to drive the instructional focus.
If you are interested in learning more about or need more information on SchoolNet or any HomeBase program, please contact ECPS Homebase Director Yanisha Mann (firstname.lastname@example.org).