Part 1: Conduct a Proficiency
Locate the scores for FCAT (or a similar test) at
your school. If possible, use data directly
connected to your class. Follow the steps outlined
in the previous section to conduct a proficiency analysis.
Use data from one of the following two sets:
- Data from one grade level and multiple subject areas
at your school -- for example 8th grade Reading, Mathematics,
and Social Studies.
- Data from multiple grade levels and one subject
area -- for example 4th, 8th, and 10th grade Mathematics
in your district.
Complete the analysis, and create at least one graph.
Send your results to your instructor.
Part 2: Use Online Proficiency
- Access School Data Direct at http://www.schooldatadirect.org/ and locate your school.
- Click on State Information (currently located in the lower left portion of the main page)..
- Select your state and review the graphs.
- Print the page with your state's information.
- Locate the information specific to your school (do a School search).
- Answer the following questions:
- Is the Reading Proficiency increasing or decreasing in your state?
- Is the Math Proficiency increasing or decreasing in your state?
- How does your state compare with the national proficiencies?
- How does the percentage of economically disadvantaged in your state compare to the nation?
- How does your school compare to the state in Reading Proficiency?
- How does your school compare to the state in Math Proficiency
Send your answers to to your instructor. Include a brief analysis
of the data and suggestions for "next steps."