Student Data: Hard Numbers to Inform Teaching

As more tech enters the classroom, many teachers embrace the use of data, while others believe an “over reliance on hard numbers” doesn’t take the human factor of teaching into account. Educators who embrace data-driven teaching say that data has become a teaching tool for them, allowing them to address specific areas of student need. By using objective numbers of how students are doing, it can support diagnoses and solutions in addition to subjective input from parents and teachers.

I can say a child is fine, but if I’m not showing data, it’s hard to convince a parent.” [Christy] Novack, who has been a teacher for 14 years, says she already knows which children need help, but that the analytical software pinpoints specific needs more precisely than she can — and it removes subjectivity. “How I perceive something is not how another teacher perceives something,” she says. “If I have data, we can examine it.”

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Yvonne Chan

Yvonne Chan

Yvonne is a writer for Edtech Times who is most interested in technology's role in culture. When she is not combing the web for the latest in educational technology, she is reading classic literature or watching the game on TV. You may know her from Gradeable,, Emerson College, Busa Wine & Spirits, UMass Dartmouth, or Burlington High School.