Data sgp is a wide format dataset containing student assessment scores for every year since 2010. Designed to work in tandem with the SGP package to facilitate data analysis for students, sgpData offers an easy way to review multiple assessments over five years as well as identify trends, patterns, or anomalies in student performance. However, using wide format datasets such as this is not without its challenges; please consult with the SGP data analysis vignette for guidance on using them correctly.
At the core of data SGP lies its initial setup process: procuring necessary software/hardware and prepping data for processing. Since most of the time spent running SGP analyses is spent here, it is critical that this initial phase be performed effectively and ensure that clean data exists before moving forward to further steps in processing. Having an understanding of both terminology and structure associated with data SGP analysis will further streamline this process.
Data SGP is available both in binary and text format, the former of which being easier for readers and interpreters alike to comprehend and interpret, while also permitting the use of multiple alphabets and numeric characters encodings that provide international researchers and users of multilingual applications more benefit from its use. Text format offers greater compatibility with older versions of R, while still being capable of holding variables and comments.
SGPL makes both sets of data available for download at their website, with updates occurring regularly; also historical data can be viewed here.
SGP provides not only raw data, but also summary statistics to assist researchers with understanding a school or district’s overall performance. This information can be seen on its school profile page and serves as an invaluable resource when making future plans for either district or school.
As part of your strategic goal planning efforts, it is advisable to use spreadsheet software to examine your sgp data for patterns and trends. This makes comparing results between similar sets easier as well as quickly identifying issues or areas for improvement.
Be mindful of the limitations of data sgp when interpreting its results, especially when interpreting interpretation of results. For instance, data may not be accurate or complete due to test administrators not collecting all required student information due to either insufficient training or a lack of time available to administer tests. When making decisions regarding educational needs of a student (teacher observations, family interviews or standard tests), other sources should also be taken into consideration to help identify an optimal educational level that best meets his or her requirements.