The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has launched the Missouri Data Visualization Tool (MO DVT), a web-based application that offers reports and analysis on academic performance, including achievement and growth data aggregated by subject, year, and grade.

“As we work collectively to improve student achievement statewide, it is imperative that local school leaders and teachers have actionable, meaningful data to make decisions and tailor instruction – and we’re excited that MO DVT can do just that,” said Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “MO DVT is among a series of resources that DESE is providing to ensure stakeholders – educators, families, and policymakers alike – are better able to understand Missouri’s Growth Model and use the data to support student learning.”

DESE explained in a press release that the public access site provides a Local Education Agency (LEA) report and Building Growth report. With these reports, a user can select data of interest, assess trends over time, and compare results.

Public users can also use the scatterplot feature to illustrate the relationship between two areas of interest, such as performance and growth. DESE said that this feature can help provide insight into the effects of educational practices on student learning.

The department further noted that educators and school leaders can login to their MO DVT account to access even more granular student level data from their LEA, which DESE said will help guide local data-driven decision making.

“I believe MO DVT will provide our teachers and principals with a deeper understanding of how we can improve,” said New Madrid County R-I School District Superintendent Sam Duncan. “Our educators are currently digging into individual student data from MO DVT and look forward to learning more about how this tool can help us track and improve student growth.”

The new tool was developed in partnership with SAS, an analytics software company.

“SAS is proud to partner with DESE in supporting Missouri students and educators,” said SAS EVAAS Vice President John White. “We believe that every student deserves the opportunity to be successful, and our goal is to provide resources that make data more accessible in order to support all students’ academic growth.”

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