For a long time schools have had to accept poor data because systems couldn’t be tailored to their exact curriculum, or to their exact assessment policy, or because they weren’t able to tailor the underlying ‘black box’ algorithm to the specific context of their school.
If any of these elements are missing you’ll get bad data.
That’s why so many teacher’s experience of using old-fashioned tracking systems is one of frustration, of workarounds, and one of manipulating the raw data to get the ‘calculated’ judgements they know to be fair.
So as well as enabling a fully customizable curriculum, and customised assessment policy, Learning Ladders is the only system that also allows each school to see and customise their algorithm.
For example, traditional tracking systems all assume and calculate progress as linear – a third in each of 3 terms – and that every subject is assessed in the same way. This makes great sense if you run a tech company because it’s the simplest way, but no sense at all if you’re a teacher because learning is messy, and that’s not what happens in the real world.
So with Learning Ladders we do it more accurately, more realistically, and you set expectations, and assessment pacing, on a subject and term level.