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Educator Data Use Journal Articles

May 21, 2017 | The Journal of Educational Research & Policy Studies

Educator Data Use Journal Articles

The Journal of Educational Research & Policy Studies is a national peer-reviewed publication that seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the consideration of meaningful educational research initiatives and policy analyses. This issue has the following articles: Building Educators’ Data Literacy: Differing Perspectives Defining Data Literacy: A Report on a Convening of Experts Leading Data […]

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How State and Local Policies Address Data-Informed Practice

May 21, 2017 | Educational Policy

How State and Local Policies Address Data-Informed Practice

Numerous actors influence how educational policies play out in practice, but this does not mean that policies themselves are without power. Policies are crafted and enacted in part because they serve as signal and symbol: How a policy is formally codified establishes expectations, exerts norming influence, and catalyzes shifts in how issues are framed. But […]

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How Can Teachers and Schools Use Data Effectively?

May 21, 2017 | National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

How Can Teachers and Schools Use Data Effectively?

Over the past decade, educational policymakers have consistently called for data use. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, with its emphasis on annual progress in students’ achievement scores and quantitative evidence for school decisions, included a mandate for so-called “data-driven decision making.” More recently, the Obama administration designated building data systems that […]

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Teachers’ Ability to Use Data to Inform Instruction: Challenges and Supports

May 21, 2017 | US Department of Education

Teachers’ Ability to Use Data to Inform Instruction: Challenges and Supports

Part I of this report describes the responses that 50 individual teachers and 72 small groups gave to the data scenario questions. The teachers interviewed are not a nationally representative sample, but they do provide a detailed initial look at how these particular teachers think about student data in schools that were thought to be […]

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Collecting Data to Improve Classroom Management

May 21, 2017 | Midwest Regional Education Laboratory

Collecting Data to Improve Classroom Management

REL Midwest received a request for information on the effectiveness of collecting and tracking data to improve classroom management. Following an established REL Midwest research protocol, we conducted a search for research reports as well as descriptive and policy-oriented briefs and articles on the effectiveness of collecting and tracking data to improve classroom management. We […]

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Professional Learning for Using Data: Examining Teacher Needs & Supports

May 21, 2017 | Teachers College Record

Professional Learning for Using Data: Examining Teacher Needs & Supports

In the last few decades, a focus on school accountability at the state and federal levels has created expectations for teachers to attend to data in increasingly structured ways. Although professional learning is often cited as an important facilitator of effective data use, research that focuses on the intersection of professional learning and data use […]

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Privacy & Student Data: Companion Learning Tools

May 21, 2017 | Berkman Klein Center

Privacy & Student Data: Companion Learning Tools

We have compiled these materials to explain and clarify three key federal student privacy laws and their impact on ed tech adoption and use, so that you can create meaningful learning experiences with core faculty and staff constituencies. The laws are the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act or “FERPA” (20 U.S.C. § 1232g), the […]

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Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy

May 21, 2017 | Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Parent Coalition for Student Privacy

Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy

The Parent Toolkit for Student Privacy will help parents understand what data gets collected at school, how it’s protected (or not), and what they can do to help ensure their child’s sensitive information stays secure.

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Data-Driven Improvement and Accountability

May 21, 2017 | National Education Policy Center

Data-Driven Improvement and Accountability

The drive to enhance learning outcomes has assumed increasing salience over the last three decades. These outcomes include both high levels of tested achievement for all students and eliminating gaps in achievement among different sub-populations (raising the bar and closing the gap). This policy brief examines policies and practices concerning the use of data to […]

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