October 12, 2023

Data SGP is an educational assessment data repository. It offers teachers and administrators tools for analyzing student performance as well as useful insights on growth percentiles – an indicator of how much students have improved relative to others with similar MCAS performance histories; higher growth percentiles indicate success.

Calculating Student Growth Projection or Trajectory. (SGP). A Student Growth Projection or Trajectory (SGP) is calculated by comparing a student’s current MCAS score with that from previous testing windows, repeated each year after reconciliation is complete. This value then serves to measure percentile growth projection or trajectory of that particular student.

To conduct SGP analyses, a computer with R software installed is needed – this free and open source program can be downloaded for Windows, OSX and Linux operating systems. While running an analysis is fairly simple, CRAN offers resources for those new to using R who may require assistance before beginning SGP analyses. It is suggested that those unfamiliar with using R should spend some time familiarizing themselves with it prior to running any analyses on SGP data sets.

As previously discussed, SGP calculations are straightforward when data preparation is conducted properly. Most errors found during data analyses can be traced back to improper preparation; that is why taking time and care in gathering your information prior to beginning any SGP analyses is so essential.

Though there are multiple approaches to analyzing educational assessment data, most analyses performed by the Department use SGP package – an open source tool developed by National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment – as it allows users to easily create reports and visualizations using MCAS data. It is easy to use and serves as an invaluable resource for educators.

Lower level SGP functions (studentGrowthPercentiles and studentGrowthProjections) need WIDE formatted data; however, their higher level counterparts (wrappers for lower level functions) can handle LONG formatted input data. If you plan on performing any SGP analyses, we strongly suggest storing your data in LONG format as this will allow you to take full advantage of all the capabilities provided by the package. An example can be seen with the sgptData_LONG data set that demonstrates this method of data organization. This file provides 8 years of vertically scaled student assessment data across three content areas for three content areas, anonymized so as to avoid being associated with specific schools or districts. This data set represents all three sets of variables required for SGP calculations: student ID and grade level; assessment occurrences and numeric scores associated with each assessment event. An exemplar data set serves as an illustration of this format – more comprehensive documentation is also available regarding its requirements.

Hong Kong summers can be punishing, with scorching sun, high humidity and dripping air-con units creating an oppressive heatscape. Hotel pools provide an oasis of respite with some of the city’s top rooftop pools and kiddie splash pads providing refreshing respite during these fiery months. Here is where to cool off during this hot season.

At the center of Causeway Bay lies this hotel boasting an exquisite rooftop pool that provides panoramic views of both city and harbour as well as an open-air jacuzzi. Not only is its design stunning, but the pool also serves as an important meeting place and party location throughout the year.

One of Hong Kong’s highest rooftop swimming pools boasting breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour is at this hotel, as is its large outdoor pool with its relaxing waters, whirlpool and sauna – ideal after an intense workout! Although typically exclusively reserved for hotel guests, guests are also invited to take part in its Summer Pool Party events every weekend!

At this opulent resort and casino, an outdoor swimming pool looks out onto Victoria Harbor while an impressive glass roof covers an indoor swimming pool with hot tub and an impressive glass roof covering its outdoor pool. There’s also a poolside bar/restaurant along with deck chairs to rest your weary body on while relaxing in style.

Not only does the resort boast beautiful pools, but there is also a fitness center and spa to help guests unwind after a busy day of sightseeing, shopping or dining out. Furthermore, there is a golf course, tennis courts and casino onsite as well.

The pool is an exciting family destination with waterslides and water shooters for kids to explore as well as an alluring pirate ship for exploration. Plus, these pools remain open all year round for your enjoyment!

Only downside of this destination public pool is that membership is required in order to swim there. While they offer packages including free swims and access to other facilities at the club, membership costs more than expected and offers less value for your dollar.

This popular public pool is ideal for families with young children, offering three outdoor leisure pools complete with waterfalls and rocks as well as an indoor complex containing three main, training, and diving pools – as well as an interactive kiddie area complete with buckets, sprayers and floor fountains!

As public pools reopened on Thursday, some facilities such as toddler pools would remain closed due to staff shortages. The union has been calling upon LCSD to hire more lifeguards and decrease work hours for its lifeguards.

The club has not responded directly to these allegations; however, according to a local paper it stated its rules are intended to prevent overcrowding and ensure visitor safety. Members must sign in at the front desk before being permitted access through designated areas; domestic helpers are not allowed into the club but may visit at their leisure.