Whether or not one believes standardized test performance is indicative of each student’s preparedness for postsecondary education and the workforce, every student achievement dashboard benefits from the inclusion of state accountability test results due to their high-stakes nature for individual students as well as schools. Reinforcing this, in focus groups conducted with educators, standardized test performance was consistently named as one of the three top student data needs. Similarly, field work has shown that student performance on state assessments is a highly valued data point in the Ed-Fi Dashboards. In particular, educators valued having historical and detailed standardized test data in one place.
Although examinations vary by state, the general principles applied in student dashboard metrics for standardized test performance are applicable to any state.
State Assessment metrics report historical, detailed, and trend data on a student’s state assessment performance in all tested subjects, which generally include reading/ELA, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies at the applicable grade levels. Performance on alternative tests is also reported, including those for special education and limited English proficient students.