by: Dana Bockman, DCSD Facilitator of Data and Assessment
Today, it seems like we are inundated with data. Every year adds more and more and more to our plates (and spreadsheets). So, what do we do with all this data?
All data is relevant and useful in some way, but educators should be selective in which data they chose for various purposes. Teachers most often are focused on individual students' needs and how they can help their students achieve in the classroom. This goal narrows the focus of data analysis.
Keep in mind that the term "data" does not merely refer to a number (in other words, a test score). Data is any and all evidence of student progress and achievement. And when making day-to-day instructional decisions, standardized tests are often not the best source of data.
The Data Individual Teachers Rely On
When it comes to data, maybe Einstein put it best. “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” So, that leaves the question, which data is the most useful for your world?
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