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Session 5 Scenario

Session 5 Scenario

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Which Maryland middle schools have been most successful with Special Education populations in math? 
One of the areas of concern that we have identified in our schools is the assessment of special education students, particularly in math. Deep Creek and other schoolsespecially struggled in the sub group of special education and math. We are interestedin the concept of data mining in order to improve the education for our strugglingpopulation. Data mining offers an opportunity for schools to analyze their classrooms,teachers and practices in order to compare them to the best performing schools andtheir best practices.The purpose for the data below is to look at the top performing middle schools in thestate of Maryland in regards to special education mathematics in order to analyze thenumbers to decide how data mining could be used to support special education classeswithin our schools.You will be asked to consider the following prompts:
What additional information would you need from teachers, students,parents, administrators and community in order to analyze this dataand why?
Is this a fair comparison of the data? Why or Why not?
Where does you school compare to these top schools? What twothings would you suggest for your school to do to improve in thetest scores in the area of special ed?
How could data mining strategies help special ed teams working toimprove their test scores?Data taken from: http://mdk12.org/ 
Subject:Schools in:Pop:Grade Band:
Also consider the following excerpt from this week’s readings whenresponding to the prompts:
Enhancing Learning Environments Through Solution-based Knowledge DiscoveryTools: Forecasting for Self-perpetuating Systemic ReformPage 18-19
2009 MSA MathematicsState of Maryland Middle schools most successful with Special Education student population.% Proficient and AdvancedSpecial Education TestTakersSpecial EducationAll Students%%CountySchool Name%#
94.790.3WashingtonHancock Middle Senior High12.31915493.372.4Baltimore CityFallstaff Elementary13.83021790.072.7Baltimore CityWoodhome Elementary/Middle13.54029785.787.5MontgomeryTakoma Park Middle School4.43579282.790.5Anne ArundelSevern River Middle6.35282882.194.0WorcesterStephen Decatur Middle8.85663782.192.9AlleganyWestmar Middle13.83928379.379.4Baltimore CityRosemont Elementary11.72924779.392.3HowardEllicott Mills Middle4.12970578.595.9MontgomeryThomas W. Pyle Middle School9.7121124878.386.2Baltimore CityHolabird Elementary21.12310978.196.5MontgomeryHerbert Hoover Middle10.710598577.694.7BaltimoreHereford Middle6.767100277.385.6Baltimore CityFranklin Square Elementary20.54421576.998.6HowardClarksville Middle3.62671576.672.2BaltimoreWoodlawn Middle10.26462575.390.2MontgomeryNorth Bethesda Middle10.48177875.086.3Baltimore CityThomas Johnson Elementary21.14019075.088.2WashingtonClear Spring Middle3.81641774.394.6HowardHammond Middle School6.135573

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