Seeing Algebra and Geometry Results More Clearly, and Placing Students More Carefully

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California Education Research Association, Nov 2010. Presentation by Steve Rees and Rick Schmitt about analyzing and optimizing algebra and geometry placement.

Steve Rees, School Wise Press and the Owl Corps

Rick Schmitt, San Dieguito Union High School District

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Seeing Algebra and Geometry Results More Clearly, and Placing Students More Carefully

  1. 1. Seeing Algebra and Geometry Results More Clearly and Placing Students More Carefully Steve Rees Rick Schmitt President and Founder Asst, Supt., Ed Services School Wise Press San Dieguito UHSD
  2. 2. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives <ul><li>Three Ideas Worth Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Our ideas are limited by our vocabulary </li></ul>
  3. 3. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives <ul><li>Three Ideas Worth Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Our ideas are limited by our vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Seeing related factors together enables us to imagine how they are related </li></ul>
  4. 4. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives <ul><li>Three Ideas Worth Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Our ideas are limited by our vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Seeing related factors together enables us to imagine how they are related </li></ul><ul><li>Visual exploration enables people to see patterns and form hypotheses </li></ul>
  5. 5. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Idea #1 Our ideas are limited by our vocabulary … both spoken and visual
  6. 6. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Slide A Bar charts developed by William Playfair in 1786
  7. 7. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives The K-12 Analytic Conversation Suffers Because People and Information Are Trapped On Islands
  8. 8. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Idea #2 Seeing related factors together enables us to imagine how they might be truly related
  9. 9. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives 8 th Grade Algebra Results in Alum Rock ESD, 2009
  10. 10. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Algebra Results for Proficient-Adv in Santa Clara County, 2009
  11. 11. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Algebra Results for Proficient-Adv in Santa Clara County, 2009
  12. 12. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Algebra Results for Proficient-Adv. in Santa Clara County, 2009 31% P-A 36% P-A
  13. 13. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Algebra Results for Proficient-Adv in Santa Clara County, 2009 Showing Free-Reduced Price Lunch Factor 84% FRPL 11% FRPL 34% FRPL
  14. 14. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives BMI: Healthy Weight Depends On Your Height
  15. 15. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives But It Also Depends On Your Age and Gender
  16. 16. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Slide Q Arnold Dark And A Function Of Where You Put That Weight
  17. 17. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Geometry Results for Proficient-Advanced for Selected High Schools in San Diego County, 2010
  18. 18. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Geometry Results for Basic-Proficient-Advanced for Selected High Schools in San Diego County, 2010
  19. 19. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Geometry Results for Basic-Proficient-Advanced for Selected High Schools in San Diego County (FRPL), 2010 61% FRPL 47% FRPL 11% FRPL 45% FRPL
  20. 20. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Idea #3 Visual exploration enables people to see patterns and form hypotheses … who wouldn’t normally be able to.
  21. 21. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Geometry Results Data Table for Selected High Schools in San Diego County, 2010
  22. 22. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Geometry Results for Proficient-Advanced for Selected High Schools in San Diego County, 2010
  23. 23. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Pantyhose Firms Can Explain Their Products’ Sizes
  24. 24. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Credits Carlye Olsen Director of Accountability, Staff Development, & Ed Tech Whittier Union High School District Advisor Howard Herl Director, Owl Corps Advisor Jim Cox Senior Advisor, Owl Corps Coach, Critic, Cheerleader
  25. 25. Seeing Schools’ and Districts’ Vital Signs From New Perspectives Web Site and Contact List Owl Corps www.owlcorps.com School Wise Press www.schoolwisepress.com Phone: 415 337-7971 ext. 225

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