SMCOE’s Center for Learning Analytics (CLA) presented at the 101st California Educational Research Association (CERA) conference held in Anaheim on November 2-4.

The team did an analysis of the correlation of the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System (F&P) and the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) assessment across early grade levels.

Using their quantitative study examining data from multiple districts, the CLA Team found that students’ performance on F&P in early grades had moderate to strong correlation to their CAASPP ELA scores in later grades. Supporting students to reach grade-level literacy early, especially over the summer, appears to be predictive of meeting standards on state tests years later.

SMCOE’s Center for Learning Analytics (CLA) Team includes Jared Prolo, Executive Director, Curriculum and Instruction Services; Yung-Hui Chien, Manager, Learning Analytics and Data Governance; Samuel Satterfield, Lihua Yang, Jeremy Del Carpio, and Thuy Nguyen, Educational Data Analysts.

Practitioners and researchers attended the presentation and were interested and engaged. District attendees mentioned to the CLA Team that the presentation prompted them to think more deeply about how to better support their students’ literacy development. The CLA Team was also encouraged to collaborate with other county offices of education to expand the study.

Congratulations to the CLA Team for bringing their data analytics expertise to contribute to the field of education research.

Posted November 10, 2022.