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Tracking pupil progress at KS5: monitoring software

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Last updated on 22 May 2015
What software is available to help monitor pupil performance at KS5? We link to examples of applications from five providers that can be used to track Key Stage 5 (KS5) pupil performance.

Contents 

  1. 1  Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring
  2. 2  Alps monitoring report
  3. 3  GO 4 Schools
  4. 4  Learning Plus UK
  5. 5  SISRA Analytics

In this article, we link to examples of applications that enable you to track Key Stage 5 (KS5) pupil progress. Please note that inclusion in this article does not constitute a recommendation from The Key.

Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring

Basic ALIS

The Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) has a post-16 tool called the Advanced Level Information System (ALIS). The brochure explains that the tool uses GCSEs or IGCSEs, or a Computer Adaptive Baseline Test (CABT), to create a 'baseline and predictive feedback’ report at the start of KS5. This report uses tables and charts to show:

  • Individual student predictions in each chosen subject
  • Subject-level prediction reports
  • Year-by-year performance compared to a nationally representative sample

There is additional predictive feedback for students who complete the CABT.

Subject-level analysis ... includes individual, gender and ethnicity breakdowns

    When students receive A level or equivalent qualification results, ALIS provides value added (VA) reports which include:

    • A summary of students’ VA performance compared to other ALIS users
    • Year-by-year comparisons by subject, qualification and overall institution performance
    • Subject-level analysis, which includes individual, gender and ethnicity breakdowns

    Full ALIS

    A full version of ALIS includes all of the information provided in basic ALIS detailed above. In addition, it provides an 'attitudinal' report, which provides:

    • Anonymised student responses to questions about the school/college
    • Information on the use of private tutors and student aspirations and expectations
    • Student perception of the style of teaching

    Getting the measure of ALIS, CEM (Adobe pdf file)
    http://www.cem.org/attachments/Getting%20the%20measure%20of%20Alis%20brochure.pdf

    Alps monitoring report

    ... schools can request up to four monitoring reports during the course of the academic year

    Alps produces monitoring reports which schools can use to assess whether pupils are on track to meet their target grades at individual, subject and school level.

    The reports are based on monitoring grades and schools can request up to four monitoring reports during the course of the academic year. They are available for AS-level, A-level and BTEC courses.

    The monitoring reports include:

    • Provider VA scores and grades
    • Subject VA scores and grades
    • Single year total score and grades
    • Student performance percentage and grades

    The Alps monitoring report and how it can be used effectively, Alps, see page 3 (Adobe pdf file)
    http://www.alps-va.co.uk/images/MonitoringCaseStudyStevePegg.pdf

    In order for Alps to make the report, the school needs to send Alps its students’ monitoring grades using Alps Data Collection Software (ADCS).

    Alps monitoring reports, Alps (Adobe pdf file)
    http://www.alps-va.co.uk/images/MonitoringFlier.pdf

    Alps has published a user guide for ADCS. It explains how you can import data from a management information system (MIS), such as the School Information Management System (SIMS).

    ADCS 2014 release user guide, Alps (Adobe pdf file)
    http://www.alps-va.co.uk/ADCSUpdate/downloads/adcs2014-userguide.pdf

    GO 4 Schools

    GO 4 Schools is a managed service with an annual charge. You can use it to access KS4 and KS5 data to help monitor pupil progress and identify gaps on an on-going basis.

    The service has a modular structure. For example, you can track pupil progress using the online markbooks module. This tracks progress in real time. When staff input grades for each pupil, these are checked against the pupil’s targets and you can see whether he/she is on track.

    It adds that you can use the progress reports module to track progress at each reporting cycle.

    GO 4 Schools collects demographic data (such as those eligible for the pupil premium) from a school's MIS automatically each night. Similarly, the system is updated as soon as marks and grades are inputted by staff.

    GO 4 Schools collects demographic data (such as those eligible for the pupil premium) from a school's MIS

    The hub, GO 4 Schools
    https://www.go4schools.com/TheHub.aspx

    Pricing, GO 4 Schools
    https://www.go4schools.com/Pricing.aspx

    Learning Plus UK

    Learning Plus UK is a not-for-profit organisation that supports post-16 settings in managing performance data through a series of online tools. These include a tracking and monitoring tool which allows schools to analyse the progress of a pupil, class or whole cohort at any time throughout the course.

    We spoke to a representative from Learning Plus UK who explained that the tools are not linked to an external MIS. The tool is web-based and schools upload data manually via a spreadsheet at the start of each year. Teachers can then input pupil marks at an agreed frequency throughout the year.

    The system predicts a final grade for each student and teachers can set their own interim targets. The system then automatically shows which students are on track using a traffic light system. Red shows a pupil is not on track, amber shows he/she is on track and green shows he/she is on track to exceed his/her targets.

    You can also break down this analysis by subject group, ethnicity and gender.

    Tracking and monitoring, Learning Plus UK
    http://www.learningplusuk.org/what-we-do/tracking-and-monitoring

    Contact us, Learning Plus UK
    http://www.learningplusuk.org/who-we-are/contact-us

    SISRA Analytics

    Progress can be measured over six assessment points for any cohort or student

    Service for Improved Schools Results Analysis (SISRA) Analytics is an online application for analysing KS3, KS4 and KS5 data.

    You can upload your student data to SISRA Analytics from your MIS as a CSV file via Excel.

    The application can be used to track underachievement to inform interventions and planning. Progress can be measured over six assessment points for any cohort or student.

    What is SIRSA analytics?, SISRA Analytics
    http://www.sisra.com/analytics/what-is-sisra-analytics

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