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FAQs – studentGPS® Dashboards and the Dashboard Data Mart (DDM)


What is the relationship between the studentGPS® Dashboards and the DDM?

The studentGPS® Dashboards are an optional user interface to the voluntary data that is stored in the Dashboard Data Mart (DDM) for participating LEAs.

The dashboards contain more data than is currently collected by the TEA. Where will the additional data come from? Is the data reliable?

Each LEA will decide whether to use the studentGPS® Dashboards based on the needs and demands of the local education agency's (LEA's) educators. Data in the dashboards is uploaded from local LEA systems into the Operational Data Store (ODS) and is aggregated and calculated to display actionable reports in the dashboards. The data includes PEIMS data and any standardized test scores the LEAs choose to load. The data displayed in the dashboards will be uncertified data that come straight from the LEAs' local data sources.

Who will have access to the dashboards?

Only participating LEA and campus staff will have access to the studentGPS® Dashboards (and any Education Service Center [ESC] users given formal permission by an LEA).  A user's role will limit the extent to which he or she will be granted access to student information. For example, a teacher can only drill down to the details for students in his or her classes, and a principal can only drill down to the students at his or her campus.

Will the public have access to the data in the dashboards?

No.  Only authorized LEA educators and administrative staff will be allowed to see the data in the studentGPS® Dashboards. The data will not be shared with external stakeholders or the TEA. The public can access aggregated, anonymous education data through TEA's public data portal, TPEIR.

Is there a charge for using the studentGPS™ Dashboards?

The studentGPS™ Dashboards will be available at no cost to any LEA that chooses to participate.

How will teachers be able to correct the data that they view from the dashboards?

Teachers will correct their own data on their source systems; to correct data that is reported by campus or LEA administrative staff, teachers will notify those staff to make the needed changes. All data will be corrected in the source systems; no corrections will be made in the EDW.

How will the teachers be trained to use the data in the dashboards?

MSDF has provided an introductory pamphlet on using the dashboards in the classroom called The Metric Story.  In addition, TEA is designing training to be delivered by the ESCs that will cover how to access the performance data and what to do with it in the classroom.

Does research show that student data helps teachers improve instruction and outcomes?

Yes. See the US Department of Education report on the subject.

What are the capabilities of the studentGPS® Dashboards in regards to STAAR EOC?

The studentGPS™ Dashboards reports several key measures associated with STAAR EOCs:

  • STAAR EOC Performance
    • Student: student's scale score and whether they performed at Minimum, Satisfactory (II), or Advanced (III) level
    • Campus/District: percent of students who scored at Satisfactory level (II)
  • STAAR EOC Reporting Category Performance – Student and Classroom view
    • Number of items correct out of total number tested for each reporting category by test
  • Advanced Course Potential – identifies students who performed at Advanced (III) level and flags those who are not currently enrolled in AP/advanced courses

How much information will be available for ELL students on the studentGPS® Dashboards beyond basic LEP/ELL identification?

In addition to English language learner (ELL) designations (LEP, Bilingual, ESL), the dashboards will also display overall TELPAS results and whether the student is on target vis-à-vis expectations for their grade level.

Will Student Expectation reports be included in addition to objective-level reports in the studentGPS™ Dashboards?

We have researched the potential for showing more detailed Student Expectation reports in the studentGPS® Dashboards. Based on analysis performed to date, the column indicators included in the Pearson file for STAAR only contain question numbers, which we cannot accurately guarantee align to the state TEKS. Additionally, the question numbers from the Pearson files will likely change over time, which means any mapping of the question number to TEKS would have to be updated each time the test questions change. At this time, that does not seem sustainable.

Can data be drilled down to the Student Expectation level?

Local assessments data from Eduphoria! can be drilled down to the Student Expectation level so long as the assessments are tied to specific TEKS items.  Data from the STAAR EOC cannot be drilled down to the Student Expectation level at this time as the mapping of items to TEKS is currently not included in the Pearson files.

The studentGPS® Dashboards include a tab for local assessments: can formative assessment data currently being loaded in Eduphoria! be uploaded to the dashboard?

Yes. It is recommended that districts choose those assessments that are administered districtwide to ensure that data that is aggregated from the student to the campus and district level is consistent. Eduphoria! is currently developing an extractor for their LEAs to use.

If an LEA is currently using Eduphoria! or DMAC, what is the advantage to the LEA to switch to or adopt the studentGPS® Dashboards?

The studentGPS® Dashboards complement, rather than supplant Eduphoria!. Similar to a car dashboard, the TSDS dashboards will identify that students are below goal on their benchmarks (local assessments) for a particular subject area and identify the specific TEKS that the student is not mastering. Eduphoria! can then be used to understand specific questions that the student missed and identify additional areas to investigate and re-test. Unlike Eduphoria!, the dashboards allow educators to see the assessment results in the context of other data such as grades and attendance. This makes it easier to see performance trends and diagnose the root cause of problems.

Will the studentGPS® Dashboards be integrated with each LEA's local directory so that teachers and administrators can use their local usernames and passwords to access their classes or schools in the dashboards?

TEAL cannot maintain synchronized passwords between itself and LEA local systems. In addition, because TSDS TEAL user accounts must be unique to each user across the state, some users with usernames matching other users may be required to change their usernames.

To what extent (if any) will the studentGPS® Dashboards be customizable by the LEA?

The ability to designate which columns of data are displayed on an individual user's dashboard is built into the studentGPS® Dashboards. In addition, LEAs will have the ability to set their own metric goals for things like attendance and assessments. Beyond those general kinds of measures, the dashboards will not be customizable, but all dashboard data is exportable.

In the studentGPS® Dashboards, will teachers have access to information on students that they do not actually teach?

No. Teachers and administrators will not have access to students they do not teach. Access to student data will be based on students that are assigned to teachers within the student information system (SIS).

Will administrators be able to track a teacher's watch list?

Yes. Users with a Superintendent, Administration, or Principal dashboard role will be able to view each teacher's watch list(s).

Will administrators be able to track their teachers' usage of TSDS?

TEA is investigating the possibility to make usage tracking information available to administrators. No specific decisions have been made at this point.

Will the reports in the studentGPS® Dashboards be exportable?

Yes, all data in the dashboards is exportable and printable. 

Does historical assessment data automatically come with a new student to your district?

Not at this time, but this is a long-term goal.