Understanding Reports for Teachers
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Hi, I'm Elizabeth Loehr from Panorama Education. I work with schools and districts to structure and set up feedback surveys and work with our partners to create strategies for communicating the results and acting upon the data. Prior to joining Panorama, I taught second and third grade in Chelsea, Massachusetts, an urban district right outside of Boston.
Hi, I'm Irene Chen. I work with Elizabeth on the Client Services team, where we help our Panorama partners successfully collect feedback in order to learn, plan, and grow. Prior to joining Panorama Education, I was a fifth grade teacher in New Mexico and studied language and literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
[EL] We’re excited to walk you through Panorama reports, so that you can begin the real work: acting upon the data. We hope reports signal the beginning of conversations, of self-reflection, of goal-setting, and of data-driven action.
There are many ways to look through your reports, but we wanted to highlight a few features that we thought would be helpful as you navigate.
[IC] Reports are calculated according to “percent favorable.” This represents the percentage of survey takers that have responded favorably, which does not include neutral or non-applicable responses. You can always view which answer choices were included in the percent favorable score by hovering over this number for any question.
It’s important to note that percent favorable should not be understood as a typical letter grade. For example, 70% favorable is not comparable to a “C” grade. Depending on the context of your school, district, or the question, 70% might be considered a strong score.
Viewing your report
[EL] When you click into any report, you’ll have access to a summary page. The summary page will show average scores across that whole report.
Questions within your report are organized by topic. This allows you to look at your results at a higher level. Reports may also show comparisons to your school or district averages.
You can also explore the results question-by-question. Click into any question to view the distribution of responses across answer choices. Depending on the demographic information your school or district provides, you may also be able to view different distributions across different demographic subgroups.
These demographic breakdowns may highlight important differences between groups of students. For example, it may tell you that boys and girls have different experiences within a classroom. All of this is important information to know.
[IC] If your school or district included open-ended or free-response questions in your survey, you will see a section called “Free Responses,” where you can explore those answers.
[EL] As you look through your survey results, we hope you learn something valuable from your students and find something that you can apply to your classroom practice.
As former teachers ourselves, we know just how valuable your time is. We encourage you to find even a small amount of time to reflect on the data.
Thanks so much for taking the time to learn more about Panorama’s reports. We look forward to hearing about how you’re using feedback data in your schools and classrooms. If you have any questions, we hope you reach out to us.