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Use Data for School Improvements

Recent advancements in technology have enabled digital data collection in schools. Data collection is an effective way to measure student progress and to facilitate positive educational experiences for students, teachers, and families, as well as to promote school improvement. Coursework in an online master’s of education in curriculum and instruction program prepares students for a teaching career within a technology-driven world.

Creating Measurable Goals and Vision

When schools collect and analyze data, they can create measurable goals and focused visions for the future. The collection of information about student testing, class performance, program effectiveness and other statistics can help schools better determine if they are succeeding in creating an educational climate that ensures the success of a majority of students. Data-driven systems provide the information schools need to set focused goals for school improvement.

Ensuring Student Success

Standardized test scores, classroom observation, disciplinary history, attendance rates, and graduation rates are all relevant data points for schools to collect. Some of this information, such as graduation rates, helps to form a larger picture for assessing school improvement. However, some of the data can also enable the tracking of each student’s progress, which can provide a valuable continuity of services as a child moves through the grades and encounters different instructors. When teachers and school officials have access to this information, they can gear instruction and in-school support specifically toward each student.

Promoting Accountability

When schools collect data, it creates a system that holds teachers, administrators and others accountable. It is important to remember that data collection is not intended as the basis of punishment but rather accountability: data collection plays a role in assuring that all parties are working toward excellence in services. Data-driven schools have more information about their students, teachers and overall academic performance.

Data is becoming increasingly common in our world, and it is important to understand how it is shifting the conversation in today’s schools. For candidates pursuing a master’s degree in education, it is useful to understand how data functions within a school system, the different types of data collection, how to analyze data as well as the positive changes that it can bring to students. Improving our schools is a collective responsibility, and data is one tool in our modern toolbox to help ensure academic success.

Learn more about the LSUS online M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction program.


Sources:

http://aasa.org/uploadedFiles/Policy_and_Advocacy/files/UsingDataToImproveSchools.pdf

http://www.sedl.org/pubs/sedl-letter/v22n02/using-data.html


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