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Welcome to myImpact, the data collection and transformation tool developed to transform the way you record, analyze, and generate reports on observations of student engagement and academic progress in your classroom!

This article provides some basic resources that will help you get started. It will guide you through the teacher user workspace, prepare you to develop the rubrics, teach you how to set up students, and show you how to enter observations.

For more detailed articles on specific topics, check out our Learning Catalog.

The Home Page

When you sign in to your myImpact account, you will be navigated to the Home page. Here you can Manage Students, Manage Rubrics, enter Data Collection, and View Reports.

Develop Rubrics

During the course of trials, teachers will collect observations of their students across two dimensions - engagement and academics. Teachers or teacher teams will identify up to four observable criteria in each dimension.

To open the rubrics, click on the Manage Rubrics button on the Home page or choose Rubrics from the left menu panel.

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Both the Engagement and Academic Rubrics are on the Rubrics page. 

Engagement Rubric

The engagement rubric is pre-filled with example criteria and rubric-level descriptors. You or the team can choose to keep, modify, or delete the pre-filled examples. 

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No criteria are standard across all students. You or your team will have to determine which observable aspects of engagement are most likely to be relevant for your students during the school year you are working within. To reduce the number of criteria, simply click on the trash can next to the criterion to be removed.

Rubric-level descriptors are also pre-filled. You or your team should decide on a set of descriptors that will be meaningful when capturing observations of students in the classroom. It is helpful to understand that the descriptors should allow observers to differentiate between multiple degrees of engagement. To reduce the number of rubric levels, simply click on the trash can next to the level to be removed. The levels will automatically adjust so the scale begins at 1.

Academic Rubric

The academic rubric does not have criteria or rubric levels pre-filled when a new team or teacher is established. You or the team will choose an academic focus area and up to four observable criteria within that focus area. 

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To enter an Academic Focus Area, click into the field and start typing. 

Focus Criteria are added by clicking on the +Add Criteria button and then typing the observable feature of the Academic Focus Area that will be tracked during trials. Up to four Focus Criteria can be added. To remove a criterion, simply click on the trash can next to the criterion to be removed.

Rubric Levels are added in the same manner. Click on the +Add Level button and then type the rubric level descriptor for a 1-level observation. Continue adding levels for 2-level, 3-level, and 4-level descriptors. To remove a rubric level, simply click on the trash can next to the level to be removed.

Add Students

To enter students to observe, click on the Manage Students button on the Home page or choose Students from the left menu panel.

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Use the + Add Student button to open a new observation student entry row.

Identifying Students

The Student Initials field is able to take up to four characters to create unique identifiers for each of the students you will be observing. PLEASE ONLY PUT STUDENT INITIALS to limit personally identifiable information. Click into the blank area below the Student Initials header to activate that field. Once you see your cursor, you can type in the student identifier.

Tab, Enter, or mouse clicking can move your cursor to the next field.

Proficiency in Focus Area

Four proficiency-level descriptors are available in the dropdown list when navigating into the Proficiency in Focus Area field. You can base your judgment of this student's general proficiency in the focus area with one or more sources of evidence. Some examples include state testing results, local testing results, or current knowledge of the student.

Tab, Enter, or mouse clicking can move your cursor to the next field.

Demographics

Data reports can be viewed by demographic groups for students whose demographics are included in their student profiles on myImpact.

The demographic choices in each field are taken from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction WISEdash Public Portal.

Choose the appropriate demographic descriptor for each column if you or your team will want to view data disaggregated by that demographic group.

Enter Observations

To enter observations, click on the Data Collection button on the Home page or choose Data Collection from the left menu panel.

Enter Observations To enter observations, click on the Data Collection button on the Home page or choose Data Collection from the left menu panel.

Use the + Add Observation button to open a new observation data entry block. 

The data entry block includes three colored areas. 

The top white area includes student and trial identification fields with dropdown menus. Select the student observed from the dropdown choices. Choose the pertinent trial from the dropdown menu for this observation. 

The next three fields in the white area are entry fields for you to record information about the learning design or practices that were used during that observation.

The yellow area includes fields for each engagement criterion identified on your rubric. The dropdown rubric level choices will be the descriptors you added to your rubric during the rubric set-up.

The blue area includes fields for each academic criterion identified on your rubric. The dropdown rubric level choices will be the descriptors you added to your rubric during the rubric set-up.

For in-depth training, head over to the Record and Input Observations article.