While testing does play a part in the data mix, it only tells a portion of the story when it comes to measuring overall performance. Other key factors include information on student achievement, classroom morale, transportation, finances, and various school programs.
Educational researchers and policy makers have come to the consensus that creating data-driven environments throughout the school system is essential for achieving improvement at the local, state, and national levels. In the classroom, a data-centered approach allows teachers to clearly identify areas of improvement and measure growth against pre-determined baselines.
It’s important to emphasize that a data-driven environment is not something that can be imported into a school or district. Instead, it should be approached as simply a means of better articulating the current environment through measurement.
The goal of every educator should be to turn their data into useful information. Research suggests high burnout rates amongst students and teachers when they feel the pressure of being monitored, so it’s crucial to know what you’re evaluating, why you’re measuring it, and how to use your data effectively.