Student performance, progress, and mastery are measured in many ways--LMS assignments, classroom assessments, benchmarks, growth monitors, diagnostics, and summative assessments to name a few. With so many instruments in use throughout the district, measuring student progress and understanding where the learning gaps are can be challenging-- even for the data savants at your district.
The truth is, becoming more data-driven is less about the data itself and more about understanding the power it has to transform the education culture. When district and school leaders, teachers, and even students are all working together to address knowledge gaps, we see a transformative improvement shift in learning outcomes.
Ideally, districts use a product like Videri that allows any educator to surface learning gaps regardless of the measurement instrument used. For example, a teacher or school counselor might focus on students in the lowest performance bands to identify concerns with skills and learning standards mastery. It shouldn’t matter which instrument is used, only that the student is struggling and needs help closing one or more knowledge gaps. The product should surface actionable data, and provide clear comparison and trend analysis to illustrate student progress or regression. Better yet, the product should offer administrators the ability to compare classrooms and schools across the district to identify what’s working and where improvements are needed.
No matter where your district is in its data-driven culture and mindset, conversations are taking place to determine the best way to measure and improve student outcomes. Having a product like Videri at your fingertips will help turn conversations into data-driven, actionable improvement plans.
After spending years working in data analytics, I realized there's a huge gap in the ability to use data in K-12 education. I've spent the past 12 years helping educate and grow a data-driven mindset in K-12, supporting the Ed-Fi vision of data standards and interoperability, and building an analytics product that supports this vision.