By Jerry Almendarez, EdSource, February 17, 2021
When we began classes in Santa Ana Unified School District in the fall, we knew that in addition to varying degrees of learning loss, students would be returning to class having experienced isolation and a high potential for emotional trauma.
We also knew that the information that we educators and administrators typically rely on, like the Smarter Balanced tests, would be unavailable this year because the state suspended administering them because of the pandemic.
In spite of all this struggle and uncertainty, we did have access to a new set of tools that provide teachers and administrators comprehensive information about the learning needs of our students. Santa Ana School District is working with California’s CORE Districts, in partnership with Education Analytics, to pilot an interactive platform called the Rally Analytics Platform.