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A Little Data is a Dangerous Thing: What State Test Score Summaries Do and Don’t Say About Student Learning

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Presented by Mitch Slater, Co-Founder and CEO of Levered Learning, 20-year veteran Teacher and Administrator
Hosted by Sierra Noakes, Research Associate, Digital Promise
Sponsored by Digital Promise



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State assessment data can provide critical information about the efficacy of our schools’ and districts’ instructional programs, but often the way that data is summarized, packaged, and presented hides the real story of student achievement. In this edWebinar, Mitch Slater, Co-Founder and CEO of Levered Learning and 20-year veteran teacher and administrator, will discuss the common pitfalls of data analysis and summaries, and present best practices for looking at your school’s or district’s scores.

The session will end with a brief summary of how Digital Promise has used state test data from pilot schools to better understand the impact of Levered Learning’s integrated math program on student learning. This session will be of particular benefit to kindergarten and elementary school teachers, and school and district leaders. There will be time to get your questions answered at the end of Mitch’s presentation.

Mitch SlaterAbout the Presenters
Mitch Slater is the CEO and co-founder of Levered Learning, an education company facilitating best instructional practices through classroom-tested, all-in-one blended learning systems. Before starting Levered, Mitch enjoyed a 20-year career as a classroom teacher and administrator in grades 3-12. Levered’s unique instructional approach is based on a pencil and paper adaptive curriculum that Mitch developed and fine-tuned for 12 years in his own classroom. As a result of his educational background in the sciences, Mitch is also a self-proclaimed data nerd.


Sierra Gibson NoakesAbout the Host

As a research associate at Digital Promise, Sierra Noakes focuses on building districts’ and educators’ capacity to make evidence-based decisions around innovative programs and practices. In addition to conducting and supporting edtech pilot studies in collaboration with districts across the country, Sierra is also working on research projects studying technology integration to support low-resourced K-12 students and adult learners. Prior to joining Digital Promise, Sierra was an applied behavior analysis instructor and curriculum coordinator at an autism center in New York. While working on her master’s in education policy and management from Harvard Graduate School of Education, she also served as project manager and policy analyst for a nonprofit creating hybrid academic and SEL courses for students with dyslexia and ADHD. Sierra received her B.A. in government from Claremont McKenna College.


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