New Cut Scores for Michigan’s MEAP and MME

It’s official.  You have likely heard that the new cut scores were coming.  Well they’re here. When the MDE sent a memo out this week reminding everyone that historical data with the new cut scores attached would be released on Novemember 3, 2011 – I jumped into action. I’ve put together a few materials thatContinue reading “New Cut Scores for Michigan’s MEAP and MME”

Content Card – Line Graphs, Elementary Level

This content card is for the elementary level.  The content card shows the parts of a line graph, ideas for comparing data, the definition of a line graph, and common words for describing the amounts in a graph. Download this two-page content card for line graphs.

Learning to Count

When teaching students to count, there are a couple of basic tools every teacher needs.  Here’s the great news:  These tools cost almost nothing and are very simple to reproduce and use.  DOWNLOAD MY HUNDREDS CHART and perhaps print one for each of your students.  DOWNLOAD THE NUMBER CARDS and make a number line and/or useContinue reading “Learning to Count”

Setting Achievement Bars

With the end of the school year comes time for district and school staff to determine how well students have learned.  School Boards do this also.  If you want to measure student achievement at higher levels, one way is to look at how your state sets its achievement bar on the state tests your studentsContinue reading “Setting Achievement Bars”

Fix That Graph – Sources of Revenue

Here’s the scenario.  A local school district has just released its proposed budget for the upcoming two-year period.  Within the 157 page budget document are two pie charts – one for revenues and one for expenditures.  The graphic on the left is the actual pie chart for revenues. Take a look at the graph andContinue reading “Fix That Graph – Sources of Revenue”

Content Card – Bar Graph

This content card is designed for elementary school students.  If you like this one, just let me know and I’ll add to the content for middle and high school students. Download the bar graph content card in pdf format.

Fix That Graph – Grade Distribution in 8th Grade English

Today’s graph features data related to grade distributions for 8th grade English.  School improvement teams sometimes show grade distributions as a tool to show improvement in a content area.  Sometimes a community wants to see the distribution of grades to determine if there is grade inflation.  Sometimes college staff looks at distribution of grades forContinue reading “Fix That Graph – Grade Distribution in 8th Grade English”

Fix That Graph: Proficiency Scores on a State Test

Each year, at the end of “testing season”, folks all over the country scramble to prepare charts and graphs for school board presentations.  Today’s post is an example of a graph that is used to share results from a state test. Download the pdf file to read how I suggest the graph be improved.

Fix That Graph: Tax Revenues by Source

The scenario is a City Council or a School Board presentation.  You get to talk about the budget – and one thing you’ve decided to include is an overview of tax revenues by source.   The data has been designed – but does it meet the mark? Download the pdf of Deb’s analysis in this newestContinue reading “Fix That Graph: Tax Revenues by Source”

Fix That Graph – Student Enrollment

It’s your turn.  You get to make the enrollment graph for the next meeting of the School Board.  Yippeee! Here’s what you’ve come up with.  Ugh!  You’re just not satisified.  But don’t worry. There’s a fix.  Just download the pdf below and you’ll have it in your squeaky-clean,  germ-free hands.Fix That Graph, 02

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