I absolutely LOVE this infographic about using data in the classroom developed by the Data Quality Campaign! It shows the various ways teachers can collect and use data to better understand their students, guide instruction, collaborate with parents, improve student outcomes and enhance their own teaching. Walking through the year with Ms. Bullen provides great examples of how teachers already use data and how it can be used more effectively.
This infographic referenced on Insight.com examines and debunks the most common myths about using classroom data. From who generates data to what type of data is useful, this easy to understand resource addresses many of the concerns teachers may have about using data. It's a handy, quick reminder for teachers (and parents) that data is accessible and useful.
This article by Jason Lange on the Getting Smart website is an excellent starting point for the data-distressed and a great refresher for veteran data users. Lange provides a brief background of the recent focus on data while addressing common myths about educators and the use of data. I love that Lange addresses three of the common challenges educators face when using data along with his six tips for successfully using school data.
Although this video was created by Highcrest Middle School and Wilmette Junior High, the information and examples presented are definitely applicable to the elementary classroom. The video presents real-world examples that make using data less esoteric, less impersonal and less daunting. This is a great resource because it plainly explores why data should be used, how it can be collected and analyzed, and how it can inform instruction.
KaplanK12 provides an informative video introducing data-driven instruction. This video is excellent due to its explicit discussion of the different types of data teachers might collect. For instance, several examples of using formative assessments and the resulting data to drive instruction are presented. This video is a great resource for the teacher just wading into the data pool.
This video by the Data Quality Campaign is a companion to the infographic showing how a teacher used data throughout the school year. The fictional Ms. Bullen uses data to inform her instruction, track student progress and keep other stakeholders (like parents) aware of student learning as it happens. Besides the fact that the video is just plain fun, the walk through demonstrates how a teacher can practically use data to guide and support student learning.
Rebecca Alber's blog post on the Edutopia website is a great introduction to using classroom data. Alber presents three easily collectable and/or readily available data sources and explains how each source can be used to guide instruction. I like this overview because Alber not only describes the data sources, but she also provides examples of each source, suggestions for obtaining the data, and guidance in using it.
This research overview by Lewis, Madison-Harris, Muoneke and Times does an amazing job of describing and examining the evidence base behind using data to inform instructional practice and improve student outcomes. By using anecdote and research findings to describe three accounts of how data was used in school systems, this article clearly demonstrates how beneficial using data can be for supporting student learning.