District and School Connect is a comprehensive educational platform designed to meet the instructional and assessment needs of school districts and schools across the nation. From the District Office administrator to the school, teacher, student and parent, GCA’s District and School Connect supports teaching and student learning and achievement.
Why should I use District and School Connect?
- District and School Connect uses cutting-edge technology to provide features and functions other platforms are unable to deliver. Our reactive approach allows for real-time data, which allows educators to provide immediate support to students.
- District and School Connect is built with a “mobile-first” perspective. This platform runs on any mobile device without the need for any separate application (app).
- Summary reports are available to students and parents. An item summary displays each item on the activity with a breakdown of how the student has performed, along with standards or tags associated with the item. Detailed standard and tag performance reports are also available.
District and School Connect is a collaborative platform that allows administrators and teachers to communicate with colleagues and share and assign activities.
Every item or activity in District and School Connect can be associated with an educational standard. Standards are preloaded in the platform. District and School Connect also allows for custom tagging linking other attributes such as Depth of Knowledge (DOK). After administration, multi-layered reports allow you to view performance for all standards and custom tags associated with items on an assessment or activity. Additionally, you can quickly see the proficiency levels for performance and gauge how students are performing on standards.
- A complete item analysis is available for deeper understanding about how each item is performing. Item data is aggregated at the class, teacher, school, and district levels. Teachers can analyze individual student responses for a class to quickly identify areas of concerns or possible misconceptions. Also, an item distractor analysis can determine student selected correct or incorrect responses; this feature will help teachers focus their instruction.
How can I use District and School Connect?
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District personnel can create, or access, a variety of instructional learning activities that are easily shared with schools and teachers. Common activity creation and administration is streamlined to maximize your time, so you receive instant student feedback. Professionally created activities can also be purchased and seamlessly integrated into the process.
District personnel can “drill down” to the school, teacher, and student levels to access data and monitor progress. Robust reporting is aggregated up to the district level with comparative levels at the school, teacher, and class level.
Teachers have individual accounts for the creation of, or access to, instructional activities to use in their classrooms. Teachers can create a variety of activities such as homework assignments, class projects, or assessments. Both district and school-based common assessments can be provided in this account for teachers to administer.
Teachers can upload materials they already have, or collaborate with other teachers to create learning activities designed to meet the needs of their students. Whether a class assignment or school assessment, teachers will receive immediate feedback to track student learning and achievement.
For every assignment, teachers instantly have access to “live” results, which allows them to better understand and address the academic needs of the class as well as the individual student. With consistent and reliable feedback, teachers will effectively plan data-driven lessons, organize skill-based flexible groups, assist individual students, and effectively target teaching and learning.
Each student has an individual account that he or she can log into using any internet-supported device. All assignments and results are easily accessible. Scored activities become part of an online student portfolio, providing a great source of information for students to review. Immediate results keep students up-to-date on their academic progress.
Students naturally build both computer skills and endurance required for online testing success, but more importantly, they learn! Teachers are better informed about student progress and can tailor instruction to meet the needs of the individual student. Student responses can be viewed in real-time, which helps teachers provide immediate support in the student’s learning.
School personnel have all the benefits and functionality as the district but functionality is limited to their school. Local common assessments can be shared with teachers and students with one click of a button! School administrators can access data at the teacher, class, and student level to support instruction and monitor progress.
School-focused reports allow for data to drive sound decision making for the implementation of instructional resources and professional development.
Parents can log into their child’s account using any internet-supported device. Parents can have “live” access to the student’s activities and results: they can view the actual activity, as well as responses and scores. All communication between parent, student, and teacher becomes fluid. Parents will have access to the same activities used in the classroom. Parents can also have open access to student results, which provides parents vital information to support their child at home.