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Posted 04 August 2016 - 03:39 PM

This tutorial will give you an overview of what you can find in the Tapestry Analysis section. If you would like a more detailed walk through of every page, you might want to check out the full length tutorial (click here).

 

To begin, click the Analysis tab, available along the top of the page:

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As a quick note before I start going over the various screens, I just want to mention the tool bar along the top of the page. You can use these buttons to navigate back and forth, go back to the Analysis home page and to export PDFs of the information you find in this section. You can also use it to set options in regards the type of data you are seeing, as well as to select whether you want to view (eg) all children, or just your key children.

 

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To navigate around the different screens you will either click on the grey title banners or the links at the very bottom of the page. You can also favourite specific pages to improve ease of access by going to the appropriate page, then clicking "add current screen to favourites". Here is an example of what that would look like.
 

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NB: When using Tapestry, there are several settings and preferences you can change that will determine how the analysis looks. For a dedicated tutorial on this, see this tutorial.
Finally, please note that if you wish to change the dates of the assessment periods you will be working with (configurable according to your preferences) you need to go to your Control Panel > Manage Settings > Options: Summative Assessments. A tutorial on setting your time periods is available here.
Okay, on to the tutorial!
When you click onto the Analysis tab, you will see the front page is split into four core sections. The first of these just gives some basic statistics about your Setting.



I will now go into some detail about each of the other three sections.

EYFS Section

On the front page you will be able to see some high level statistics about the EYFS assessments, including how many total assessments have been made for all your active children, and within that, how many for each of the Development Matters areas. This is shown with numbers and words on the left hand side, and in the form of a pie chart on the right. Additionally, if you hover over the sections of the pie chart you'll see a breakdown, by aspect, of the numbers and percentage values.

 

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To get further EYFS information, you will need to click on the grey EYFS title bar.

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This will take you to a page showing an overview of thoroughness, attainment, and progress. Within each of these areas, you will be shown the top/bottom 5 children and groups, and a bar chart detailing the Setting wide average over the selected period (this can be narrowed down to a specific group).

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Clicking on 'Show details' will take you to the Picker Screens. I will come back to this later, but essentially they show you a table with all the children/groups in, and how many assessments have been done/their attainment/their progress (depending on which 'Show detail' you clicked on) in whole numbers.
Clicking on the name of a child or group will take you to a Comparison Screen. This can also be found at the bottom of the page.

 

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Generally these will be used to compare attainment between periods, but you can also compare the attainment of different children, groups, or key children groups.
Please note that the staff section of this actually looks at their key children, not at anything to do with that particular staff member as such.
The screenshot below shows the Comparison: Individual screen. As you can see, I have compared the average assessed age of each area in EYFS of Lauren Brown in her Baseline to Autumn Term 2012/2013. You can see this in the form of a bar chart, or as comparable lists. 

 

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The other option you will find at the bottom of the EYFS Dashboard, is the Statement Screen, you can also find this screen in the Snapshots section. This tutorial here will explain the screen in more depth. 

 

The next area is accessible by clicking on any of the grey title bars of the overviews on the EYFS Dashboard, for example, 'Thoroughness overview'.

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Clicking here, or either of the other two banners, will take you to a different dashboard, in my example, the thoroughness dashboard.

This will reveal another four sections; Areas of Learning, and Child, Group, and Staff Overviews. You may recognise these from the previous analysis. They will show you distribution graphs of what is being achieved, either in terms of average number of observations for the Setting, average attainment, or average progress. You are largely in control of what exactly you see here, as you are able to change the period and groups.
The below example gives a brief overview of how thoroughly the 4 children with the most observations throughout Summer Term 2 of 2015/2016 have been[/size] assessed in each area.[/size]
(NB: It's important to note that the purpose of this is simply to give you a quick overview in graphical form, which you can alter by changing 'most' to 'least'. For a full tabular version of the data click the 'Show details' screen.)
 

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If you click on the where it says 'Child Overview', you will see the details screen for child thoroughness. 

Clicking on 'Detail screens' will take you to another form of graph in the form of a box and whisker plot.

As you can see, it is colour coded to give a quick visual reference. Each EYFS assessment area has the distribution of child assessment data plotted above it, denoting min and max values.  The white box shows the interquartile range between the upper and lower quartiles - this identifies where 50% of the child sample sit.

It will show you all children, but you can change which period it refers to.

 

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By left-clicking on the chart and dragging the mouse, you can select a group of data within it. This will generate a table below the chart that shows the child, EYFS assessment area, aspect and assessment figures for the selected data range.

 

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You can also see this screen for groups of children by instead of clicking on the 'Child Overview' on the Thoroughness dashboard, clicking on the 'Group Overview'. 

 

If you scroll to the bottom of Thoroughness dashboard, you will find the options for the 'Picker screens'.

 

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I have already mentioned the 'Picker screens' - you can access them by clicking on 'Show details' in each of the overviews on the EYFS dashboard. It will show you a table with all the selected variables in, and how many assessments have been done/their attainment/their progress (depending on which screen you have clicked onto it from) in whole numbers (other than the average, which will often be to one decimal place).
Again, you can change the (1) Period and Group it shows, as well as set your own (2) custom period.
If you would like to see something specific in this table you can set a filter (3).

If you want to see the distribution dot graph you can do so by clicking (4) 'Show chart'.

 

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On this chart the darker the dot, the more children it refers to. So, you can see that in this group there are four children who have 0 observations for Technology, but only one who has 0 for Making Relationships. Whilst this chart is relatively easy to read and understand for small groups of children, it may get difficult when you are dealing with more than six or so.

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That concludes all the pages you will find within the EYFS section. Please now return to the main page with the CoEL overview on.

CoEL Section

As with the EYFS overview, you will see a few statistics about the number of CoEL assessments that have been made for all of your active children ever, and the breakdown of them into each area.

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By clicking on the grey banner you will be taken to a page where you can see the same type of thing, but choose which group and period it shows. There will also be two options at the bottom, one for the Statement Screen, and one for the Picker screen.

 

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The Statement screen will show you which statements have been ticked within each area, how many times, and when each was last observed. By clicking on each line, you will be able to see a list of the assessments that statement appears in.

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The Picker screen essentially shows you the thoroughness for CoEL. For example, in the screen shot below you can see that only Marcelo Roark was observed in all three areas of Playing and Exploring in Autumn 2013/2014, and only seven children have any observations for CoEL at all. There is no data for the others which is why they do not appear on the chart.

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We've tried to give you a brief introduction to all the aspects of the current analysis views, but it's a big system, so you've done well to get this far! We have prepared a much longer tutorial which you can check out if you want more detail. You can find it by looking in the tutorials contents page, or by clicking here.  :1b


Best wishes,
Emily





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