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[Product Update] Reading Eggs is Receiving a Powerful Data Refresh!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 -- McKenna Wierman

As an educator, you don’t need to hear more about the value of using student data in the classroom to inform instruction, personalize learning, and drive achievement. And, as an elementary educator, one of the areas you’re probably focusing on most is literacy. After all, until your youngest learners are actively reading, so many learning opportunities remain untapped. Edmentum’s learn-to-read program, Reading Eggs, is making it even easier for you to monitor reading progress and proficiency by launching a brand-new data dashboard October 16th!

Before we dive in, it’s good to keep in mind that Reading Eggs is just one half of the equation. Together, Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress make up Edmentum’s 2-in-1 literacy program for pre-K through 6th grade students. Designed to build and reinforce foundational skills in a fun, game-like learning environment, Reading Eggs supports your pre-K through 2nd graders as they learn letters and sounds, develop phonics skills, and read their first books independently.

With our fall release, we’re making Reading Eggs even better by replacing the current Student Stats area with a colorful data hub that uses graphs, charts and interactive data views. This reporting refresh ensures administrators can take action on school-wide or grade level trends and monitor Lexile® gains while supporting teachers with class- and student-specific performance and progress information. So, let’s explore the new dashboard!

The New Dashboard at a Glance

Upon navigating to the new reporting area, a central aggregated view offers educators a snapshot of student usage, progress, and performance across all key learning areas within Reading Eggs, including Stepping Stone reading lessons, the Spelling Skills Bank, Driving Tests, Storylands, and the Story Factory. Choose from a chart or table view then refine your data window to review progress over a specific week, grading period, semester, or academic year.

Reading Eggs Updated Dashboard Screenshot

By clicking into each available report, educators will find aggregated class usage and progress tables across the top. Below that, class performance broken out by student is recorded to help you determine how learners are pacing toward academic goals. Click on a specific learner to go one level further and uncover individual learner progress, Lexile® gains, and specific correct and incorrect answers on activities.

Reading Eggs Course Progress Dashboard Screenshot

As a Subscription Coordinator, you have access to an aggregated building-level data view in the updated dashboard. Choose to view reporting across the whole school or by class, within a customizable date range. Alternately, at any point, you can drill into a specific learner’s performance using a simple student search field.

Reading Eggs’ new reporting dashboard will make it easier for you to track Lexile® measures, usage, and individual performance. Let’s take a closer look at what key data points are reflected in the new reports:

Pinpoint Lexile® Level and Track Growth

Lexile® measures are a commonly used metric to help report on reading ability and text complexity along a developmental scale. In Reading Eggs, one report identifies a student’s approximate Lexile® measure upon placement into the reading program. As students work through reading lessons and read increasingly more complex texts, reports also track Lexile growth. According to MetaMetrics, the creators of the Lexile® Reading Framework, over 100 million articles, books, and websites include Lexile® measures to date. This widely used data point can help teachers sort learners into homogenous reading ability groups and support students as they select texts for independent reading (both in the Reading Eggs library and outside of the program).

For Subscription Coordinators, monitoring Lexile® growth provides insight into how students are progressing overall, regardless of their grade level. In any given classroom, students may be at varying ability levels, but evaluating growth helps confirm that all learners are making meaningful gains.

Specifically, SPED teachers or literacy specialists can quickly determine which students are behind, on, or above grade level so you can begin making decisions on where to allocate resources, allot professional development training, or plan intervention.

Monitor Program Usage

There are many exciting learning areas within Reading Eggs that students can access to develop their literacy skills. To ensure students are using their online learning time wisely, it’s important that usage is reported clearly.

Within Reading Eggs, usage reporting measures the total count of Reading lessons completed, number of end-of-map quiz attempts, Driving Tests mastered, and Spelling lessons finished. For classroom teachers, usage reports provide a way to monitor student progress on everything from phonics to sight words. If you notice a student is struggling, you can easily compare their usage to the rest of the class and determine if they need more practice time or if their progress is out of sync with time spent in Reading Eggs and they need a more specialized 1:1 approach.

For administrators, monitoring program usage allows you to track the success of Reading Eggs’ implementation across grade levels or the entire building, and identify what aspects of reading students are spending time in. The big picture view also helps Subscription Coordinators identify if a grade level or class is struggling or excelling, so you can make decisions on where to increase support and revise literacy approaches, or celebrate and share successful teaching strategies.

Crack Open Individual Student Results

Student results are easy to access through the reading dashboard. As a teacher, simply select a student from the class drop-down menu at the top or from your list of students within any specific report. Subscription Coordinators can also use the “find a student” search bar at the top of the page. In chart view, the Student Results page gives a colorful and easy-to-use view of a student’s average performance and progress throughout the school year for all Reading Eggs learning areas.

If you want to dig in deeper, use the table view to access a student’s correct and incorrect answers within specific activities. This detailed information provides classroom teachers and reading specialists with key details to determine opportunity areas for remediation and targeted reteaching.

Reading Eggs Driving Tests Progress Screenshot

Student Results from Reading Eggs are perfectly suited for larger data meetings or communication with stakeholders. Table view reports can be easily exported to Excel or printed; perfect for IEP meetings, parent-teacher conferences, or student portfolios. Chart view is also exportable as a .pdf and prints quickly digestible visuals for more engaging data handouts.

No matter the level of data you're interested in, stay connected as your students develop fundamental literacy skills with the new Reading Eggs data dashboard. Interested in learning more about how your early learners build their foundational literacy skills? In anticipation of this exciting October 16th release, check out our blog about Reading and the Brain and consider how Reading Eggs can become an even more powerful tool in your toolbox for literacy success.