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Keeping a Pulse on Student Data with Sensei for Study Island

Dec 13, 2023
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When teachers are deep into their instructional plans, how can they keep a regular pulse on which students are mastering their essential standards and which ones need early intervention so that there’s no surprises when spring testing rolls around? With Sensei for Study Island, developing action plans to propel achievement is made possible.

Sensei: Real-Time Progress Monitoring

Sensei for Study Island is a personal interactive data dashboard to seamlessly review practice assignment data and progress and take action on next steps. 

Sensei offers a real-time look at what students are doing and how they’re performing to easily allow teachers to identify patterns, measure progress, and create meaningful assignments based on their students’ needs.

Student Data Brought to Life

With Sensei, student data takes center stage. Imagine seamlessly interacting with data, as this dashboard includes intuitive and colorful charts, color-coded graphics, and visual cues that all give time back to educators monitoring student progress. 

Sensei’s features also allow educators to make a real-time connection with student data, offering information like time-on-task, subject mastery, recent activity, grades, and data usage, and it even shows how many Blue Ribbons students have earned.

Class Data

Within Sensei, teachers can kick the old black-and-white gradebook to the curb. Sensei’s robust dashboard allows educators to view their class data in three different ways: by topic, by standard, or by trends in a graph. 

When viewing data by topic or standard, Sensei utilizes different colored tiles signaling how the class is performing on that topic or standard, making things not only intuitive but also aesthetically pleasing. Seeing a green tile means that most students have all completed the session and achieved the passing percentage. 

Sensei also has a star symbol visual cue for green tiles to show when the entire class has completed the topic or standard with a passing grade. In contrast, seeing the pink-colored tile means the class needs some additional support with this topic. 

Sensei makes it easy for educators to act on this type of data with the ability to assign practice on the topic or standard, right from the dashboard itself. Teachers can even choose to assign the practice to only the students in need of additional support or to the entire class, making it easy to plan instruction for the day. There are also colors for topics that students are still working on or haven’t started yet. Managing class data has never been easier.

Individual Student Cards

In addition to the tiles that represent class-wide data, there are student cards that break down each individual student’s progress with easy-to-interpret charts and visuals. The student cards allow teachers to track their students’ time spent practicing in the program, as well as how many Blue Ribbons they’ve earned. They’ll even see the same color-coding pattern within each student’s report to break down the data even more by clicking on a specific subject within the card.

In these drilled-down reports, teachers also have the option to create a supplemental assignment for students if their colored tile signifies that they may be struggling with a specific topic or standard. Each assignment can be selected straight away from the student’s card, making data-driven instruction seamless. There’s even an option to launch an Individual Summary Report for students, giving teachers an even closer look at how each learner is performing.

A Partner in Formative Assessment

Make Sensei a regular stop on the journey toward ongoing formative assessment to guide instructional strategy. Using Sensei for Study Island is simple:

1. Select a Study Island topic or standard to deploy a Study Island practice assignment for, whether as formative assessment or extra reinforcement.

2. Analyze the mastery data that is automatically populated and color-coded in the Sensei account for each practice assignment.

3. Reteach and reassess based on how students performed on the specific topic or standard chosen.

With Sensei, teachers can monitor and manage student progress and make faster, more informed decisions. Using the robust data populated in the program saves time and energy—something every teacher can appreciate.

While Sensei is a tool educators can utilize year-round, its ability to pinpoint specific standards gaps is especially useful in the spring, when many schools are preparing for high-stakes exams. Instead of flipping the routine upside down during this time, Sensei makes it easy to make this time of the year count. Visit this webinar to see Sensei in action, as we break down a simple, repeatable five-day plan that includes Sensei’s instructional-planning support.

Getting Started Is Easy

It’s often said that getting started is the hardest part. For Study Island users, Sensei is included in the program, and it has already started to track any student practice topics that were assigned this year. Head over to the Sensei icon on the homepage to begin taking full advantage of the data dashboard. 

For additional guidance, there is a Sensei Quick Guide within the Study Island interface, loaded with step-by-step instructions to ensure teachers are on the right track to informed instruction.

Learn more about how Study Island can boost standards mastery and proficiency.

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