One of the most powerful uses of data comes from disaggregating it. This means to separate it into various subgroups to see how they compare with each other. This article offers some useful tips on how to do this. I especially like that the advice focuses on the educational world.
The title of this article says it all. Data-driven decision making in schools is the current way that tests scores are used to influence change in teaching and learning. While not necessarily the best way, I think knowing how students perform on tests is important. I think all teachers and administrators should read this to get a better understanding of how to use the data they collect.
The ACT has published this study of two different school districts and how they use data to influence teaching and learning. It lists the research questions studied and, ironically, presents a lot of data that describe the findings. While a bit dry, I think this study would be beneficial to read, as it provides some real examples of schools that are using data in real life.
School systems and states are always looking for different ways to break apart their test scores to compare different groups of students. This handout discusses the importance of doing this, as well as ways to do it. I especially like that the author discusses some limitations of disaggregation. I think this handout is a great place to start reading to learn more about how disaggregation is done.
In this video, Andreas Schleicher discusses why the use of data to influence teaching and learning is important. His accent is a bit hard to understand, but he supplements his talk with a lot of visuals to get his points across. I really liked what he had to say and think it is important for all school stakeholders to know.
In this age of standardized testing and a plethora of numbers and scores becoming available, it can be overwhelming for teachers and administrators to know what to do with all the numbers and what they mean. This wonderful handout answers these questions. I love the detail with which the authors analyze different aspects of student data and they even provide some advice on the formation of data teams. I think this article is a must read, especially for school administrators.
This text explores how schools can disaggregate the data they collect to better inform teaching practice. I think this would be a great asset to any educator who is interested in learning what all those test scores mean.
This animated video does a nice job of describing the importance of using data to drive instruction. The speaker's voice is a bit irritating (it sounds computer generated), but the points made are quite good and relevant. I think this video is worth viewing as one starts using data to drive their decision-making.