Analysis and Interpretation of Standardized Data
All institutions in the world have the objective of ensuring that students perform well according to the expectations of both the parents and the teachers. However, this is not always achieved since there are times when there are many students who fail their examinations. In all education institutions, it is important to collect data regarding the performance of students. This will help in finding the strengths as well as the weaknesses of the students for the purpose of improving their welfare in the schools. Data analysis in schools is inevitable because all teachers would like to find out how their students have performed. It is also a good measure of how well teachers have taught in the classrooms. If the performance of students is high, the teachers are likely to be motivated to put more efforts in teaching their students.
The data regarding Scoobee Middle School can help us to come up with conclusions regarding the performance of this school. According to the data analyzed, the groups that sat for the examinations have been divided into various categories. For instance, there are groups divided into Asians, blacks, Hispanians, American Indians and whites. There are various figures that have been drawn to analyze the data from these groups. Interpretation of this data will help a lot in explaining the relationship of the performance made by these groups.
In the report, we can note that there are varying results among the groups mentioned. For instance, for the three preceding years in the tables (2020, 2011 and 2012), the performance in mathematics and reading has been differing to a great extent. Generally the performance of mathematics in grade 8 Scoobee Middle School was lower than that of reading. The performance of mathematics increased in the year 2011 but decreased in the following year. Based on these results, we can find that American Indians had a high level of students who had an advanced level of understanding in reading. The year 2010 had lower grades for most of the groups both in mathematics and reading.
The report indicates that the female had a high performance more than men in reading. This performance is similar to performance in other schools because female students are more proficient in reading than men. In this report, men have a higher performance than women in mathematics. There is a table that shows the performance of all the students according to their respective groups. For instance, whites and blacks have passed in reading more than the Asians and American Indians. However, this performance was higher in reading than mathematics. In addition, this performance was higher among the males than the female.
Some of the reports show the proficiency of students in reading and mathematics. There are four levels of proficiencies as indicated in the reports. The four levels of proficiency are; below basic, basic, advanced and proficient. If a student is proficient, then it shows that he/she has a high level of understanding for a subject. For the three preceding years, Hispanic students have basic understanding of the reading subject. Generally, the whites have more advanced knowledge of reading than Asians and American Indians.
Based on the reports of Scoobee Middle School, the females are fewer than the males. This may make it difficult to analyze the individual differences in performance. However, the use of percentages has helped a lot to bridge this gap. In the year 2011, a high percentage of female students were proficient in reading. This indicates that most of the female students don’t have a weakness in this subject. However, much attention needs to be focused on their performance in mathematics. Generally, the year 2011 had a better performance than the other two years. In this year, there is a high level of proficiency in both mathematics and reading. This is a complete contrast with what is seen in other years. In 2010, the performance is fluctuating among the students and it is difficult to know the average trend. Data from Scoobee Middle School can be analyzed by the use of graphs. The following graphs are important to show how the performance of students has been analyzed. It will also form an important basis of interpreting the general trends.
Figure showing percentage of students who are proficient in reading
Figure showing percentage of students who are proficient in mathematics
Another strength that can be seen from the analyzed data is high performance of males in mathematics. However, this level of performance is unmatched by the low performance made by the female students in mathematics. The idea of sitting arrangement of males and females would help the two parties to form a tradeoff between mathematics and reading. The female students will help the males in reading, while the latter will help the former to gain understanding in mathematics.
Strengths from the analyzed data can also be viewed by looking at the performance made by the various ethnical groups. In the analyzed data, we are able to see that the whites have more strength in reading than all the other groups. This has been followed by the blacks, who have a large number of students who have advanced level of proficiency in reading. However, there were few blacks that had a weakness in mathematics.
Although there was improvement in performance among certain groups, there was a subsequent drop realized. This trend should not be followed since it does not bring about consistency in good performance. The performance of students should increase consistently in order to increase the confidence level of both the students and the teachers. This should be addressed in the long range plan since it causes uncertainty in the performance of students. When there is uncertainty in the performance of students, teachers may fear to make prompt and difficult decisions. The reason for this is that they will fear to be blamed by the parents for unsatisfactory performance made by the students.
The high performance of mathematics among men and that of reading among the female may imply that students tend to favor certain subjects. For instance, there is a high probability that female students favor reading more than mathematics. Similarly, male students may favor mathematics more than reading. It is important to include this aspect in the long range plan since it will be a basis of promoting equality in the choice of subjects. One of the reasons for favoring one subject more than the other may be due to perception. Generally, students have different perception of subjects based on their opinions of how hard or simple the subjects are. Female students may perceive reading subject to be simple. They may also perceive mathematics to be difficult. They will therefore tend to give more attention to reading more than mathematics. This hypothesis can be applied in the performance of male students to show why they performed better in mathematics more than reading.
Long Range Plan to Increase Student Achievements
A long range plan is important in setting objectives that can help in improving the general performance of students in a school. The time range of these plans usually varies according to the requirements and needs of the education institution. Scoobee Middle School requires a two year long range plan to improve the achievements of students. In formulating a long range plan, planners should use analyzed data of past performance to come up with effective strategies. This data will help the planners to formulate ways in which strengths can be maintained. In addition, they will be in a position to come up with strategies to solve the weaknesses.
A long range plan of grade 8 Scoobee Middle School should consist of the following components:
- Employ Qualified Employees
Scoobee Middle School should ensure that there are no incompetent teachers in the school. The level of competence in this school should start at the management level. The members of the board should also be learned and competent in their relevant fields. For instance, one cannot be an official in the board of governors of the school if he has no experience or documents to show that he is able to deliver quality performance. If an effective board of governors is elected, then there is a high probability that the teachers employed will undergo thorough recruitment before they are confirmed as full time employees. If highly qualified teachers are employed, they will be able to teach the students using the highest level of teaching skills. Qualified teachers also ensure that students treat all the subjects equally. This will ensure that the performance of students among male and female students is fairly distributed.
- Ensure Secure Environment
The board of governors should ensure that the students have a good environment for learning to take place. The environment of Scoobee Middle School is conducive for learning to take place. However, there are students who make a lot of notice thereby disturbing other serious students. A strict disciplinary action for noisy students should be instituted. The security of students is also important in inducing them to perform better. Therefore, the board should ensure that there is adequate security by employing trained and adequate personnel in the school.
- Promoting Positive Relationship Between Students and Teachers
Some of the students fear teachers since they think that they might be punished wrongly by them. However, teachers are good people who at times can be mistaken by the students. Some of the students also fear that their class teachers may spoil their images in the administration thereby making their lives difficult. It is important to improve the relationship between teachers and students in order to improve communication between the two parties. This will also make students to have the courage to ask questions where one has not understood. In addition, students will be in a better position to address their problems to their teachers.
- Award Schemes
It is important to recognize the effort made by the high performing students in the school. Giving rewards to these students induces them to work hard. The other students may also be motivated to work harder towards achieving that level. Teachers should not be left out since they put in a lot of time and effort in helping students to achieve their targets. Diversifying the giving of rewards will ensure that more students are rewarded for excellent performance. This will ensure that the students will have healthy competition which will translate into improved student performance.
Assessment of Long Range Plan
It is important to assess the long range plan formulated above. This will help us to know tools that may be used to know whether the long range plan is effective or not. One tool that can be used is monitoring. The teachers need to be monitored by the managers of the school to ensure that they are not lazy. Monitoring of teachers will also ensure that they are performing according to expectations. It will also help to show whether a teacher has good relationship with his students. Monitoring should at times be sudden in order to catch the teachers unawares. This will help the management to know whether the students are pretending or not.
Another tool that can be used to analyze the effective of this plan is the use of questionnaires. The students can be given questionnaires to fill. In these questionnaires, students should be given an opportunity to give an opinion of their relationship with teachers and how they think about their teachers. The other tool that can be used is the analysis of future performance based on the long range plan. If the performance improves, then the long range plan is effective.
Public Questions and Responses
Another anticipated question is likely to be asked by the Parents Teachers Organization. Officials of this organization would ask whether this plan would ensure excellent performance by the children. This question can be answered by showing the relationship between high quality teaching skills and student performance. In most institutions, if there is high quality teaching skills in a school, then there is a high probability that the performance of students will improve.
Analysis of student data is important since it helps to show trends in the performance of students in various subjects. In addition, it helps in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of students in various fields. The long range plan formulated above can help in improving the performance of students in Scoobee Middle School and other education institutions in the world. If it is implemented, it may help schools to achieve satisfactory performance.