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School wide Assessment Gathering

Primary/Elementary schools often like to keep assessment data in one place for the whole school eg. reading levels, spelling ages, maths diagnostic results. Has anyone created a Canvas space to collect this?

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I've done a couple of things along these lines. We have some Student Growth Measure tests that we give as a pre-test and post-test at the beginning and end of each school year. The goal of the tests are to measure the growth of the students. Our Assessment department wanted to be able to give these tests to students without the teachers being able to see the test questions. So I made a Testing sub-account that has about 200 courses in it. Each course is a subject area (Biology, Chemistry, 3rd Grade Art, etc...) and every student that takes that course in our 54 schools is assigned to that course via a nightly SIS import. The courses have no teachers in them, everything is centrally managed. Our content area specialists put quizzes in each course and I run some Python scripts to setup the course navigation, quiz settings, access codes, and things like that. 

Another thing that I do at the school-level is that I give each school the option of having a "school-wide" course created with all of their students separated into sections by grade level. The SIS import process is also used to create these. This allows schools to assign things like tests and surveys to the entire school or one particular grade level. For example, we had a high school that created an assignment just for 12th graders to collect their Senior Portfolios. That way the teachers didn't have all collect them separately and combine them into one list later. That "download all submissions" button really came in handy for that!

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That's brilliant. Two great ideas. Thanks Hanes.Matthew.B@muscogee.k12.ga.us

Would it be too messy to keep an editable spreadsheet in a school wide course for teachers to pop results into. Then there is a school wide capture of things like reading, spelling, maths levels?

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I would probably do it as a Google Form or a Microsoft Form so it populates a spreadsheet based off the form data. That way people don't accidentally overwrite each other's data. Or have a master sheet that collates the data from sheets from each individual person's sheets. Google Sheets has an "importrange()" function that will pull data from other sheets.

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