The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) has released a new report called Growth and Achievement.

The report was developed by the Assessment and Data teams at the WDE. It employs data visualization techniques to present information graphically.

 These reports are very useful for districts, schools, and teacher teams to get a clear view of academic outcomes from a variety of perspectives,” Deb Lindsey, Director of Assessment said. “Those different perspectives on their strengths and weaknesses will help them to effectively plan ways to improve the education they provide.”

Data for both growth and achievement are displayed at the same time, so viewers can see schools or student groups in one of four quadrants divided by high and low growth, and high and low achievement.

Achievement is reported in terms of the percent of proficient students, and growth is reported in terms of the median growth percentile from the Wyoming growth model for elementary and middle schools across Wyoming.

In the graph, users can select from a variety of categories to broaden or narrow the view of the report. Users can select filters to examine reading or math results, various student groups, districts, schools, and grade levels. Each bubble represents a school or student category within a school depending on the selected filter settings.