Analysis of Student Learning

Whole Class


The spreadsheet data above shows the rate of increase or decrease by student per objective based on the change in pre- and post- assessment scores.  The chart below shows the percent of objectives that showed an increase by student.


The data above demonstrates that all student showed overall growth.  While I was pleased with that, I was discouraged that some students did worse on the post-test than they did on the pre-test for some objectives.  



Subgroup

I have chosen to examine the progress of Student 1 and Student 15.  After reviewing the data in 

I chose to compare student growth by the student's typical performance level in class. I chose to examine these subgroups because the requirements to take my class have recently changed.  In the past there was a prerequisite for this course so I had stronger students.  This year the academic level of  my students has varied a great deal and it has been a struggle for me to meet all of their needs effectively. 



I classified students as either low-performing, middle-performing, or high-performing based on previous work in the class. I then averaged the students' growth on Objective 4 (The student will understand basic XHTML tags) because it was one of the larger and more difficult objectives in the lesson.



Individuals

I have chosen to examine the progress made by Student 1 and Student 15.  I felt it necessary to review their progress specifically after looking over the chart in the "Whole Class" section of this analysis because these students made the most and least progress in the class respectively.

Student 1 is a 10th grade male and student athlete.  He started off doing very well in my class and but then his performance decreased quite a bit. He went through a period when he had a very bad attitude (which a classmate told me was due to relationship problems) and then baseball season started.  Both affected his performance adversely. He did very poorly on the pretest, so he had a great deal of room for improvement.  He did very well on all of the assignments in this section and as shown by the spreadsheet at the top of the page, that work translated into a great deal of growth on the post-test.

Click the links below for student work samples - 
  1. Authoring and Scripting Languages Matching - The student asked thoughtful questions during this lecture and completed the assignment successfully.
  2. Information Architecture - The student had no trouble with either side of this worksheet and it was clear that he understood the content.
  3. Simple Website -  This activity was step-by-step so as long as students followed directions, they would do well.  He successfully completed the assignment clean code.
  4. Website File Management - This was the first complex website that the students completed and his worked flawlessly.  There were few students that understand the logic that linking the pages required as well as this student.   Though it looks simple, the student worked very hard to get this webpage to look a specific way.  His code was perfect.
  5. XHTML Tutorial - The only question that the student missed on this worksheet dealt with DOCTYPE declarations.  Many students had difficulty with this topic. Even though this student missed a question, his wrong answer was closer to being right than many other students' wrong answers so I was still pleased that he was on the right track.
  6. Animal Web Site - Even though the printout of the page doesn't show it, the student again took a great deal of time working on this site to make his page look a specific way and it showed in the final results.
  7. Final Web Site - This was a difficult site that served as a review after Spring Break.  Student 1 worked very hard and it was apparent that anything that he'd forgotten over the break came back to him as he completed his site.
Student 15 is also a 10th grade male.  He has done fairly well in my class all semester and performed well on the pre-test.  He has previously taken a class called "Digital Media" that also has a section on Web Design.  He did not do as well as I would have hoped when he created web pages from scratch in this unit.  On the post-test he didn't improve at all on two objectives, and stayed the same on four (two of which he couldn't increase because he did as well as possible on the pre-test).

Click the links below for student work samples - 
  1. Authoring and Scripting Languages Matching - The student did well on this assignment and missed a question that quite a few other students missed.  I was concerned with the answer he chose though, because it should have been an option that he could have easily ruled out because of his prior knowledge of HTML.
  2. Information Architecture - The student did well on this assignment as well.  He asked no questions during the lecture or during the completion of the worksheet.
  3. Simple Website - This activity was step-by-step so as long as students followed directions, they would do well.  He successfully completed the assignment clean code.
  4. Website File Management - This was the first assignment that caused me to become concerned with this student's performance.  He attempted to do the bare minimum and left out of some the required components of the site.  
  5. XHTML Tutorial - The student did well on this worksheet and didn't ask any questions.
  6. Animal Web Site - Again, the student rushed through this assignment and did the bare minimum.
  7. Final Web Site - The student met the requirements on the rubric, but did little else to make the site more attractive.