New Century has always provided a wealth of reports and information to help teachers and administrators identify needs and administer instructional programs. However, recent enhancements help educators to further manage and analyze data. New Century’s learning management system is now SQL Server based, meaning that it can hold even larger amounts of student data. The SQL Server framework also provides the learning management system with multiple means of importing and exporting data.
Student enrollment at the beginning of the year can be automated via a CSV file, and enrollment can include demographic information and state proficiency test scores. A complete student data file, including the assessments and data generated by New Century, and state test scores, finally is available in an easy-to-analyze Excel format. Analysis of student performance can be conducted on a disaggregated basis by demographic variables and by prior year performance, using state assessments as well as New Century assessments.
Among other things, administrators can independently and easily measure the gains on state proficiency tests as a function of New Century usage, validating their investment. Administrators can also “take control” of their data and independently measure the relative performance of students from different sub-groups – e.g. special-ed, Title 1, ELL, White, African American, Hispanic.
New Century’s assessment results also can be exported electronically via CSV file to supplement other data on the district’s student information system. The interim and summative assessments, especially, can help administrators identify early those students who remain at risk for critical skills.