Pareto Analysis for the PSAT/NMSQT®

Our approach does not focus on test taking strategies. The focus is to identify learning gaps using lean methodologies that have predominated manufacturing and services industries for decades and this allows for effecient allocation of teaching resources and time to help every student improve.

How does the process work: The process begins with administering a practice PSAT test to students. The output of the assessment is an identification of deficiencies using lean six sigma principals - Pareto chart. Each students Pareto chart indicates the areas within Reading, Writing and Language and Math standards that need improvement. This insight becomes the basis for students to spend their limited resource (time) to close the gap with their peers and for teachers to design intervention programs.

How do teachers benefit: The assessment provides teachers the information to cluster students with similar learning needs so the right intervention program can be implemented by identifing areas within the existing curriculum that need additional focus. This approach allows teachers to do what they do best; find ways to teach students how to master grade appropriate concepts.

How do students benefit: As teachers design intervention programs to address grade level learning gap; students learn to analyze and improve college readiness. At each grade, differentiated class room education focused at addressing grade level gaps is the best way to help students develop the confidence to succeed.

When is the best time to conduct the assessment: Most schools perform the assessment at the begining of the freshmen year so teachers get a few months towards the end of the academic year to work on the improvement areas during homeroom time or using RTI time.

Why does the approach work: The approach works because there is no new tool to learn either by the student or teachers. The output of the assessment is a prescription - which areas require focus by individual students and groups of students.