Spotlight on Using Data to Inform Instruction

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Using Data to Inform Instruction


The Education Week Spotlight on Using Data to Inform Instruction is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Shifting data from hardware to people
  • Accessing and interpreting data
  • Forming partnerships to conduct research-based alliances
  • Using observational data to shape instruction
  • Capturing data to inform instruction

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The shift in priorities from putting hardware and software in place to figuring out how data are used by actual people is a theme highlighted in a recent Data Quality Campaign report.
December 4, 2012 - Education Week

Many districts and states struggle to provide meaningful, real-time data about student performance to educators.
March 11, 2013 - Education Week

Long-term partnerships, rather than one-off studies, may become the new norm for research on schools.
September 18, 2012 - Education Week

Our guests in this chat address the necessary steps to share education data between districts and states, and how to provide meaningful data to teachers to help them improve instruction.
March 5, 2013 - Education Week

Kindergarten teacher Brooke McCaffrey says that students' behaviors and body language can provide information that teachers can't always get from a spreadsheet.
November 7, 2012 - Teacher (Web)


Schools are flooded with data these days, but students, parents, teachers, and administrators often lack the ability to make use of it because the systems for collecting, storing, and analyzing that information don't mesh with each other, many officials who work with, or in, K-12 education say.
May 21, 2013 - Digital Education Blog
Programs to help teachers "use data to drive instruction" have blossomed in recent years, backed by support for data use in both the federal School Improvement Fund and state improvement systems. Yet there has been remarkably little research on the effectiveness of data-use training to both change educators' teaching practice and boost student achievement.
July 12, 2012 - Inside School Research Blog

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