Ozark School Leaders Say Performance Matters

Ozark, AL - The Ozark city school system has adopted a new data tracking system this year. Teachers will be able more easily monitor a students’ progress from year to year.

“The premise for everything that we are doing now, we don’t just make decisions based on what students like or teachers like, all of our instruction decisions are data based decisions,” said educational specialist Jacquelin Kelley.

The entire Ozark City School system will be using Performance Matters. It’s a data tracking system that will allow teachers to import local and statewide assessment tests. Then, it charts the students’ improvement.

Teachers have been doing this for years but by hand.

“Now they will be able just to go and click on a button and just see it. So instead of them crunching out a bunch of data they can spend more time looking at their instruction and planning. The teachers are just going like wow,” said Kelley.

Ozark city school system is one of only two systems in the state using this program. Leaders are hopeful it takes off state wide. They say this Data tracking will help ensure the core standards are being met.

“Especially in math, it’s very very important that our standards that we are teaching will cover our course of study,” said Carroll High School math teacher, Marci Williams.

The program looks at more than just a grade. For example it will track if the student is doing well fractions or maybe struggling with division. Teachers can go back three years and see if the students have made any progress.

“You’re not just teaching one student in a classroom, you’re teaching 30. A lot of times you have those students who fall in between the cracks. As a teacher I would like to be able to go back in and look at where they are making their mistakes and where I as teacher am making mistakes and where I need go back and reteach,” said Williams.

Teachers hope this more individualized approach will help all students reach their full potential.

School leaders say they wanted to get “performance matters” up and running in preparation for the new high school’s career academies.

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