NEXTGEN: Automating Continuous School Improvement

NextGen supports teachers, principals, and school leaders as they guide individual student learning — automating continuous school improvement processes.

NextGen is a fully integrated set of Internet-based software services defined by educators and computer professionals to provide data and information to educators, empowering continuous school improvement processes and operational systems.

NextGen improves educator productivity while they support individual student, teacher and staff, and principal performance and progress towards goals.

NextGen is integrated, comprehensive, efficient, scaleable, flexible, extensible, and cloud-based automation.

NextGen services include fully integrated sub-functions:

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Student Performance Services used by teachers and staff members, principals, students, and parents as they work toward individual student performance improvements.

Professional Development Services used by teachers and principals as they collaboratively assess teaching and staff performance and proactively identify professional development programs.

Administrative Services for staff members as they maintain student information, communicate with parents, and provide data to state agencies, and

Communication Portal Services for parents and students as they review student learning progress, update student information, and view and update student portfolios.

NextGen Student Performance Services support teachers, principals, and school leaders as they guide individual student learning.

NextGen‘s Student Performance Services provides information to teachers as they:

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Define and refine state or local learning standards,

Define curriculum for each learning standard,

Define and refine assessments that are appropriate for each standard,

Define and refine intervention strategies used to help students construct understandings of standards they have struggled to master,

Define and deliver individualized instruction on relevant subject matter,

Assess student progress toward forming subject mater understanding, and assess student understanding at the end of a term or academic year,

Execute intervention strategies, review the response a student has to the intervention, and record the intervention actions and results, and

Review and analyze data and information related to a student’s progress to understand what actions, if any, need to be taken to improve the students subject matter knowledge, and communicate individual and group progress to peer teachers, the principal, the student, and the student’s parents.

With NextGen, the school improvement cycle may be repeated efficiently several times each year, allowing instructional and school improvements to happen faster and closer to the moment of need for teachers and students.

School curriculum experts define the standards, including focused standards, scope and sequence, and associated assessments and intervention strategies. Teachers and administrators then develop and deliver instructional plans that conform to the school’s curriculum framework.

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Student observations and formative assessments provide teachers with information and data on individual student interests and the progress of each student with respect to standards. This information is included in student records and reported on class profile reports, knowledge continuums, and report cards.

NextGen information and reports are used by teachers and administrators to define individual student and group instruction and intervention plans, professional development plans and actions, and needed improvements to the school’s standards, assessments, scope and sequences, and instructional plans.

Use mobile devices to capture student performance evidence where and when it is observed.

Teacher observations, formative assessments, and summative assessments provide teachers information and data on individual student progress with respect to learning standards. This information is included in student records and reported on progress reports.

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NextGen users access its services using any computer, including tablet computers. Tablet computers are particularly productive for teachers who regularly observe student activities, record images, videos, and documentation related to student learning progress. Any mobile computer that has WiFi connectivity may be used.

Teachers edit accumulated formative and summative student performance assessment data and information to produce comprehensive progress reports.

Teachers gather student progress evidence anywhere. Evidence (including data, comments, electronic documents and files) is automatically assembled from NextGen processes. The teacher edits the evidence to produce the student’s progress report or report card.

Specialized teaching tools can improve educator productivity and performance.

NextGen‘s Teaching Tools enable teachers, with a single user name / password transaction, to:

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Record student attendance,

Record student assessments,

Record Response To Intervention (RTI) actions and analysis by all educators supporting individual students,

Monitor and track individual, classroom, and school progress along knowledge continuums,

Produce automated emailed incident reports,

Prepare academic and behavior intervention plans,

Create digital portfolios (descriptions, photos, documents, movies, and Internet references),

Record student activities, and

Interactively access school defined and adopted digital resources.

Principals may now observe, assess, and counsel teachers, specialists, para educators, and other staff members as they strive for practice excellence, professional growth, and continuous school improvement.

NextGen Professional Development Services provide information and data to principals, teachers, and staff members in their continuous search for practice improvement and excellence. Professional Development Services include the following elements:

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Repository for professional practice components / standards, progress assessments, and professional development continuums.

Provide data to support the principal as s/he defines and refines formal and inservice training programs.

Provide data and information to strengthen principal / teacher / staff member collaboration, coaching, and consultations.

Automate the principal’s classroom/staff member practice observations and assessments.

Produce reports that reflect the progress students are making in individual classrooms toward meeting student expectations.

Automate the recording of professional development activities and actions.

Automate the recording and retention of professional development progress, resulting in progress reports.

The principal edits accumulated formative teacher and staff member practice observation information to produce comprehensive progress reports.

The principal gathers teacher and staff member practice evidence anywhere. Evidence (including assessments, comments, electronic documents and files) is automatically assembled from NextGen processes. The principal edits the evidence to produce the student’s progress report or report card.

Teachers and staff members may create digital practice portfolios as evidence of their performance.

NextGen users access its services using any computer, including tablet computers. Tablet computers are particularly productive for teachers who regularly observe student activities, record images, videos, and documentation related to student learning progress. Any mobile computer that has WiFi connectivity may be used.

NextGen is highly scaleable to support a single classroom or teacher, a school, a collection of schools, a collection of districts, or a state wide deployment.

NextGen maintained information is organized hierarchically. Each student is assigned to a classroom. A collection of rooms constitute a school or building. A collection of schools form, in public school systems, a district. A collection of districts form an educational services district. A state education system includes a number of educational services districts. This information organization can be powerful, allowing schools, by adjusting the student of teacher location identifier, to transfer student or teacher information when s/he moves from room to room, from school to school and/or from district to district.

Secure information and data services provided to all authorized members of an education community.

NextGen services operate in a secure Internet cloud environment. Critical information is available everywhere an Internet connection is present.

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NextGen may be configured to operate on a district or regional network server.

Operating as an Internet application, subscriber data is isolated and protected by Internet security services and NextGen access control processes.

NextGen may be configured to operate as an extension to a subscriber’s legacy student records system.

State mandated data element exports are supported to satisfy reporting requirements.

A printable NextGen summary information sheet in PDF format is available here: NextGen Services Summary.

A description of NextGen services and functions is available here: NextGen Services Description.