Bentonville Public Schools
The Need For A “One Stop Shop”
In 2012, when Bentonville began searching for a data-warehousing system, Dr. Karen Morton, director of assessment and data management, said the district needed a solution to provide comprehensive data in a user friendly format for staff that would also limit the amount of resources and time on the district’s part to manage the system.
“We needed a one stop shop that allows teachers to be able to go one place to get a complete picture of exactly where their students are,” she said. “Overcoming a major hurdle of making it easy for teachers to access the data will allow them to effectively use the data going forward.”
Morton said the district was essentially looking for a way to effectively use data to create strategies to help students targeted for interventions.
After a successful rollout of Matrix to administrators, principals and teachers, the district has expanded both the amount of data in the system and added new custom functionality that includes:
+ Assessments that measure college readiness, English-language learning and early childhood skills are now in Matrix.
+ A custom gradebook that allows elementary teachers to directly enter reading-level data for students and get instant analysis.
+ Tracking how students performed at a standard level on the Augmented Benchmark and End-of-Course state assessments.
+ Custom benchmarks the district created for certain assessments, allowing administrators and teachers to see how students stack up in various measures.