Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Launches the Missouri Data Visualization Tool

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Launches the Missouri Data Visualization Tool

02/29/24

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), in partnership with SAS, has launched the Missouri Data Visualization Tool (MO DVT), a web-based application that offers easy-to-use reports and analysis on academic performance, including achievement and growth data aggregated by subject, year, and grade. MO DVT was created in response to stakeholder questions about interpreting and using Missouri Growth Model data.

“As we work collectively to improve student achievement statewide, it is imperative that local school leaders and teachers have actionable, meaningful data to make decisions and tailor instruction — and we’re excited that MO DVT can do just that,” said Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “MO DVT is among a series of resources that DESE is providing to ensure stakeholders — educators, families, and policymakers alike — are better able to understand Missouri’s Growth Model and use the data to support student learning.”

"SAS is proud to partner with DESE in supporting Missouri students and educators,” said SAS EVAAS Vice President Dr. John White. “We believe that every student deserves the opportunity to be successful, and our goal is to provide resources that make data more accessible in order to support all students' academic growth."

The public access site provides a Local Education Agency (LEA) report and Building Growth report, which enable a user to select data of interest, assess trends over time, and compare results. Public users can also use the scatterplot feature to illustrate the relationship between two areas of interest, such as performance and growth. This feature can help provide insight into the effects of educational practices on student learning.

Educators and school leaders can login to their MO DVT account to access even more granular student level data from their LEA, helping guide local data-driven decision making.

“Performance is important; however, students must be growing to reach grade level proficiency,” said Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Grenita Lathan. “It’s imperative that we are analyzing student growth to determine if instruction from classroom to classroom is positively impacting student learning.”

“I believe MO DVT will provide our teachers and principals with a deeper understanding of how we can improve,” said New Madrid County R-I School District Superintendent Dr. Sam Duncan. “Our educators are currently digging into individual student data from MO DVT and look forward to learning more about how this tool can help us track and improve student growth.”

The MO DVT help feature provides detailed information about each report in the system, including explanations of how the reports are generated and guidance for interpreting and using the data effectively.

To access MO DVT, visit modese.sas.com and select the Public Access button. You can also find the MO DVT link in the School Data drop down menu at the top of DESE’s website.