Target Setting

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Why use target setting?

o Targets help you focus on important areas, and set expectations for you and your students.

o As part of planning students’ pathways for learning, Senior management may use target setting for strategic planning, allocating resources, planning professional development or working with teachers about year level expectations.

Things to keep in mind when setting targets:

o Consider targets against curriculum expected, spread of e-asTTle norms and student’s projected e-asTTle achievement.

o Remember there is a lot of variability within classes! By setting targets in collaboration with your students you are able to agree upon challenging yet achievable targets for each individual.

o Be realistic. Targets that are too difficult may demotivate your students

o Be clear what your time period for achieving a target is.

o As target setting is an imperfect process, you need to monitor performance over time, to ensure that your targets are appropriately challenging and realistic.

o Do not set too many targets for an individual student.

o While setting the target is beneficial, your focus with students should be on how to achieve the target (i.e what do they have to get better at).

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Setting Targets

1. Select ‘Manage Students' from left menu

2. Click ‘Set Targets for Students' link

3. Use drop-downs to select Subject and Group

4. Select students

• For one student, click the student’s name, then click ‘Add'

• For multiple students, hold down <CTRL> key, click on students, then click ‘Add'

• To select all students, click ‘Add All'

• You can remove students by clicking on the students, then clicking ‘Remove' or ‘Remove All'

5. Click Target From box and use calendar to select date. All the students’ existing test results and targets from this date will be shown on the next screen. Students must be at least Year 1 at the date you choose. Note: Target dates must be set to after re-calibration dates (Mathematics: 18/09/2010; Reading 24/04/2010).

6. Click Projected To box and use calendar to select the date you wish to set targets for. All students must be between Years 4-12 at projected dates. Note: Make sure the dates are in the future!

 Interpreting the Target Setting Graph and Date Table:

Image: Interpreting Target Setting Graph and Data Table

 

 

• The box-and-whisker plot may not show up if your student’s results differ greatly from e-asTTle norms

• For help on how to interpret a box-and-whisker plot, click here.

• You can add/remove Curriculum Expected band and/or box-and-whisker plots by (un)ticking the boxes in the graph legend.

Curriculum Expected Band

Image: Curriculum Expected Band

 

Curriculum Expected is plotted as an orange band.

The red line is the expected score, the upper value is +3 months from this point, and the lower value is –3 months from this point.

Projected Targets

Student’s projected achievement is based on past rate of e-asTTle performance. e-asTTle uses a best fit line to produce suggested targets, where there are two or more actual scores. If there is only one existing score, suggested targets are calculated using the existing score and average progression. Where there are no recorded scores, the e-asTTle norm for year level and term is used. Keep in mind – though e-asTTle suggests a projected target, ultimately the target should be agreed upon by you and your student together.

Why does my suggested target appear to be decreasing?

If your student has achieved below their normal e-asTTle performance on some tests, this may cause the best fit line to appear to be decreasing. You can change the projected target by clicking on another point on the graph.

Setting/Changing/Deleting Projected Targets

• If you are happy with the suggested Projected Target, click ‘Save Target'

• If you are unhappy with the suggested Projected Target, you can change it to better correspond with one you wish to set. There are three ways you can do this:

1. Re-position the Projected To data-point by clicking another point on the graph. This will automatically change the relevant fields in the data table. Click ‘Save Target'.

2. Change value in the Projected Level field. This will automatically move the data-point to a new position. Click ‘Save Target'.

3. Change the number in the Projected Score field. This will automatically move the data-point to a new position. Click ‘Save'.

4. To delete a target click ‘Delete' link next to the projected target you wish to remove.

5. A prompt will appear. Click ‘OK' to confirm, otherwise click ‘Cancel'.

6. To move to the next student, click ‘Next Student' or select the student whose targets you wish to view from the top-right drop-down.

Make sure you set your projected targets in the future!

Viewing Targets

1. Click ‘View Targets for Students' link

2. Use drop-downs to select Subject and Group

3. Select students

a. For one student, click the student’s name, then click ‘Add'

b. For multiple students, hold down <CTRL> key, click on students, then click ‘Add'

c. To select all students, click ‘Add All'

d. You can remove students by clicking on the students, then clicking ‘Remove' or ‘Remove All'

4. Use calendar in Target Set Between fields to select dates. All existing targets in this date range will be shown on reports. You can include targets set in the past and future.

5. Click ‘Target Report'

 Target Setting Graphs and Reports

There are two types of graphs and reports you can view, depending on the range of days between Target From and Projected To dates.

1. <60 days between Target From and Projected To dates:

This graph shows targets in a box-and-whisker plot, for each selected year level.

Image: Targets Box-and-Whisker

 

The report shows target dates and scores of individual students in your group.

Image: Targets List

 

>60 days between Target From and Projected To dates:

This graph shows targets in a box-and-whisker plot, for each selected year level. Each year level shows box-and-whisker plots for multiple targets over time in its own graph. The report shows the multiple target dates and scores of individual students in your group. If you select a time period spanning over a year the graph will not show up – only the report will be available!

Image: Target From and Projected To

You can make direct comparisons between years, as the x and y-axis for each graph are the same.

You would expect the median target to increase over years.

You can see multiple year levels, but not the groups within these levels.

The red box-and-whiskers represent your students’ targets, while the blue box-and-whiskers show the e-asTTle norms for the same period. Click here for help interpreting box-and-whisker plots.

If one student has multiple targets within the timeframe, they are included as if they were individual students – individual targets are not averaged.