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ELAT Newsletter - October 1, 2017


Training Modules:

As a reminder we host a complete virtual training series (free for all ELAT Participants) for DIBELS Deep PA and WRD located within the mCLASS tool.

Log into mCLASS and go to Notices:

  1. Locate the notice from November 16, 2016
  2. Click on that notice to access the training videos and the participant handbook (PDF)

 Updates to DIBELS Deep reporting:

  1. First, we have updated the formatting of the DIBELS Deep classroom report to improve the readability of the form and section column so it’s easier for educators to determine which assessments each student completed.
  2. Second, we have added a new report that educators can use to review individual students’ DIBELS Deep records from prior school years, when available. These reports are available from within the individual Student Summary report page by clicking the printer-friendly icon in the global navigation section of the report heading.


Pathways of Progress:

Why use Pathways:

Pathways of Progress provides an evaluation of individual student growth or improvement over time, compared to other students with the same level of initial skills. This innovative approach empowers educators to set goals that are meaningful, ambitious, and attainable. This tool is available for every student in the mCLASS System.

  • It increases the precision with which progress is evaluated at the student and classroom levels.
  • Pathways of Progress, when combined with the DIBELS Next benchmark goals and DIBELS Next Composite Score, provides teachers with a frame of reference for examining where their students are, specifying where they need to get to, and evaluating whether they are making adequate progress.

Resources to Support  the use of Pathways of Progress:

  1. We currently host a complete course to support Pathways of Progress by one of the authors of DIBELS Next, Roland Good, on the ELAT website.
  2. Access the mCLASS Tips and Tricks for Teachers for an entire section on goal setting and using Pathways of Progress.
  3. Additionally you can access the following mCLASS Training tutorials (log into mCLASS and go to the training tile):

Updates to Pathways of Progress: Middle of year Pathways of Progress checkpoints - Check in on progress at the composite level as well as the measure level at middle of the year:

We are pleased to announce the following planned updates for Pathways of Progress within our mCLASS:DIBELS Next reports:

  • By the end of 2017, we will present, in our onscreen classroom reports, the Pathway Achieved at MOY for students, allowing educators to monitor their students’ mid-point progress toward end-of-year goals.
  • Additionally, we will display the Pathway Set and Achieved at MOY and EOY for each underlying DIBELS Next measure, in addition to composite scores, within our classroom reports.
  • Within our Reporting and Analysis Suite’s Download Your Data report, we will:
    • Display the Composite Score Pathway Set by educators as soon as it has been set. The Pathway Set will appear within each TOY row for students. This update will be available in the Fall.
    • Display the Composite Score MOY Pathway Achieved for each student. This update will be available by the end of 2017.


mCLASS Tips and Tricks:

Just a reminder about the amazing new resource shared in the August Newsletter and posted on the virtual learning portion of the ELAT Website. This voice-over learning opportunity goes over everything available to users on the mCLASS teacher reporting site. The mCLASS Tips and Tricks is a virtual opportunity for all ELAT users organized by topic. Each topic is short, contains visuals and how-to's to increase ease and efficiency when navigating mCLASS.

A brief sampling of topics within the mCLASS Tips and Tricks:

  • Refresh your skills in time of year information , class level information and student level information that is easily available in mCLASS
  • Learn how to quickly and efficiently set meaningful, ambitious and attainable goals for students
  • Open multiple probe level detail tabs for a group of students to identify trends and target instructional next steps
  • Reflect on a class level data analysis scenario:
    • Questions to guide your data analysis
    • Practice grouping and sorting students
    • Analyze probe level detail
    • Plan instructional next steps
    • Change and adapt instruction through evaluation of progress monitoring

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