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TR PHOTO BY TREVOR BABCOCK Marshalltown High School Education Coach Janelle Hawk (left) and Marshalltown High School Principal Jacque Wyant (right) present the MasteryConnect platform, which they believe could help close the gaps learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, to the community of Marshalltown School District Board of Education during their regular meeting Monday evening.

To fill the learning gap in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Marshalltown Community School District Board is considering a program to help teachers compile and interpret student data to improve student outcomes. learning.

Marshalltown High School principal Jacque Wyant said that after three semesters of learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, a simple and user-friendly process to assess student data is imperative.

“We know we have learning gaps and we need to bring our students up to speed as quickly as possible without going backwards in learning” Wyant said.

She and Marshalltown High School teacher coach Janelle Hawk showcased the MasteryConnect platform for high school at the regular school board meeting on Monday night. If approved, the total cost would be $ 91,641.80 and the school district would use Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds for the purchase.

Hawk said the MasteryConnect platform can help teachers identify student needs faster.

Previous efforts to compile student data have been done manually by teachers in spreadsheets, and for this reason, Wyant said interpretation of the data was not provided in a timely manner.

Board member Jan McGinnis said she heard from teachers in the district that feedback needed to be faster in order to make decisions about student needs.

Through integration with Canvas, the high school’s learning management system, teachers can immediately see in real time which students are meeting content standards after an assessment.

“These data are timely and useful”, Wyant said. “I think it’s aligned with the grades, for the students to be successful.”

Content standards are what teachers expect from students in a course. The district has identified in each course which content standards are a top priority. Wyant said this allows teachers to be more diagnostic in their approach, focusing on specific concepts that a student knows or doesn’t know, instead of just focusing on a student’s full grade.

“We have already designed our program, we have already identified our priority standards and we have formed evaluations” said Falcon. “What MasteryConnect allows us to do is see it all work together. How what we have created and what are we evaluating in real time in the classroom.

Teachers are able to decide when a student needs intervention or enrichment based on the data collected by MasteryConnect. Students and parents can also see how they are progressing through the content standards for each class.

The school board will take action to approve or deny the purchase of the platform at its next regular meeting on June 21.

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Superintendent Theron Schutte has announced that he will recommend a replacement for Lisa Stevenson’s director of education when she steps down on June 30. Schutte will recommend Shauna Smith, the Director of Programs and Education at the South Tama Community School District.


Contact Trevor Babcock at 641-753-6611 or [email protected]

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