The new SPAtracker module consists of the following two parts.
The New Student Tracker
The Student Tracker component of the SPAtracker module provides teachers with an “on-balance” assessment of where any one student is performing at any one point in time and an “on-balance” assessment of how much growth a student has made between any two points in time. Accordingly, it provides two types of student level analysis.
- First, it displays all of a student’s results for any one semester across all assessments undertaken by that student in that semester (including NAPLAN, PAT, Text Levels, On Demand, etc.). Importantly for teachers, all results are displayed both in their original scale score metric and as approximate AusVELS equivalent progression point scores so the teachers are able to make an “on-balance” judgement about the student’s level of performance in that semester against the Australian Curriculum.
- Second, the Student Tracker component of SPAtracker displays all of a student’s results across all assessments undertaken by that student across any two points in time to give an “on-balance” assessment of the amount of growth that student has made between those two points in time, along with an effect size.
The New Class Tracker
The Cohort Tracker component of SPAtracker provides school leaders and teachers with information that can be used for both School Reviews and for Performance and Development procedures by providing an “on-balance” assessment of where any one cohort of students is performing at any one point in time and an “on-balance” assessment of how much growth that cohort of students has made between any two points in time. Accordingly, it provides two types of cohort level analysis.
- First, it provides the ability to select any cohort of students (e.g. a class, all Koorie students, all EAL students, all Yr3 students, etc.) and view summary information about that cohort both in scale score points and AusVELS equivalent progression point scores for any one Semester.
- Second, it shows average cohort growth between any two points in time (e.g. end of previous year to end of current year, mid-year to end-of-year, etc.) expressed as an AusVELS score, effect size and as a scale score.
Between August 2014 and July 2015, this module will also encompass the first component of what will become the SPAmanager. This first instalment will allow schools to keep detailed information about students in the form of notes (e.g. Individual Learning Plans) and alerts (e.g. medical & welfare alerts).