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Historical Report in Analytics

How to run a Historical Report as an administrator to compare performance across cohorts.

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Written by Brooke Fodor
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General Information

Historical Analytics Reports allow an administrator to run a report of student performance on a particular 3rd Party assessment or Assigned Assessment across multiple cohorts.

❗ Please note that 3rd Party assessments must be uploaded as "Other" assessments in 3rd Party analytics in order to be used in a Historical Analytics Report.

Examples of Ways to Use Historical Analytics

  • Comparing schools: How have students performed on the state assessments across the three Elementary buildings?

  • Measuring the impact of new programs: Did the new mathematics program increase student performance on the state assessment over previous years?

  • Comparing student groups: How do the student athletes compare to the fine arts students on the state assessment and local normed assessments?

  • Comparing class structures: How do the students in co-taught classes compare to the rest of the student body on the NWEA ELA MAP Test?

  • Viewing growth patterns: How did the current 8th-grade students perform on the Spring NWEA MAP Test this year compared to last year as 7th graders?

How do I use Historical Analytics?

Example Historical Report:

In this report above, we are looking to compare the performance of students in different sites on NWEA and iReady.


Access the Historical Reports Page

 Within the Analytics module, select Reports, then select Historical.


Build the Cohort(s)

A cohort is considered a "group" of students you'd like to see data for. Only one cohort is required, but the benefit of using Historical is that you can compare multiple cohorts of students to get the information you need.

In this example, we are going to build two cohorts; one for each elementary school. Cohorts can be as broad or as specific as you'd like. 

Step 1: Title the report.

Step 2: Define your cohorts.

  • Cohort A: Two criteria are required; the site (school) and the school year, (but you can set as many criteria as you need).

The default School Year Is set to "Current Enrollment". You can select a different school year from the drop down menu if needed. Current Enrollment refers to student groups.

💡 Tip: We recommend changing the names of your cohorts so they are easily identifiable when you are looking at your data. Select the ellipsis to the right of the name and click Rename.

  • This one will be changed to Jefferson, so it is known that this is the cohort for Jefferson Elementary.

  • Cohort B: Following the same steps above, we will set the site and school year criteria, as well as rename it to Lincoln. 

  • All cohorts will be listed on the left.


Choose Assessments

Now it is time to choose the data you want to view for the cohorts you've built. You can view data that has been uploaded in 3rd Party, or you can choose to view data from locked Advanced Assessments.

3rd Party Data

For this example, the two 3rd Party assessments selected are NWEA in Other and iReady. Once you've chosen the assessment(s) select Run Report

Choose Assessment(s)

For this example, the Assigned Assessment selected is a 5th Grade Math Assessment. Once you've chosen the assessment(s) select Run Report.

Note: Only locked points-based Advanced Assessments can be pulled into a historical report. Standards based assessments are not able to be used on a historical report


Analyze and Explore the Data

After running your report, you will see a tab for each assessment you have selected. Each tab includes charts that compare the performance of the cohorts you created when building the report. Try hovering or clicking on data points in the charts to view additional information.

3rd Party Data

Below is an example from a NWEA data uploaded as an "Other" assessment in 3rd Party.

The data displayed will depend on what has been uploaded for your district as 3rd Party data. The elements displayed below may not be present for every 3rd party assessment.

  1. Key - Shows the color for each cohort when viewing the charts.

  2. Assessments - Lists each individual assessment uploaded for the 3rd party data set. By default, all assessments are displayed in the report as you scroll from top to bottom. Uncheck boxes to remove assessments you do not wish to see.

  3. Average Overall Score - Average score per cohort. This chart shows each attempt for the data set across the x axis.

  4. Target Set Growth - Hover over these charts to view information for each target set. If multiple target sets were uploaded, use the dropdown to select a different target set.

  5. Average Percentile - If percentiles were uploaded in addition to scores, this chart will display average percentile for each cohort and attempt.

Viewing a specific attempt:

  • Clicking any data point in the Average Overall Score or Average Percentile chart will take you to a new page displaying the data for that attempt. Click any of the bars on this page to view individual student data, download a CSV, or add students to groups.

Otus Assessment

Below is an example of a locked, points-based assessment that was assigned and completed in Otus.

  1. Key - Shows the color for each cohort.

  2. Assessments - Lists the Otus assessment title.

  3. Average Overall Score - Average score per cohort displayed as a bar chart.

  4. Cohort Details - Hover over a bar to view average point total and average percentage, as well as the total number of students. Click on a bar in order to view individual student data, download a CSV, or add students to groups.

Download and/or Print

  • Download or print any chart by selecting this icon.


Otus Live Videos

Click to see videos from our Otus Live series on how to use Historical Analytics Report.

How to create cohorts in Historical Analytics reports.

General Historical Analytics video

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