May 14, 2019 · Portfolio

Student Assessment Data: IB Score Reports

In 2007, my colleague (Russell Daw) and I at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India lamented that there were no visualizations of assessment data generated by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program (DP). The IB DP generates a lot of detailed assessment results, but provide very little analysis for schools to use to inform teaching and learning. So we worked to start a service for IB schools that would allow them to do just that. The result was IB Score Reports, which my co-founding partner has cultivated and grown to provide analysis to 120+ schools a year, around the world.

The goal was to create static data reports that could be printed or displayed on screen, through which administrators and teachers could easily discern clear trends. We paid a lot of attention to the theories and attitudes of Edward Tufte, who stresses visual and intellectual clarity – above all else – when designing data displays. Within the boundaries of clarity, we also wanted to maximize information density. Below are a few of the results.

See more displays here. Read some testimonials here.