Professional Learning for Using Data: Examining Teacher Needs & Supports

Organization: Teachers College Record
Author: Jo Beth Jimerson and Jeffrey C. Wayman
Published: April 1, 2015

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 is scarce. Examining teacher perceptions of data use supports, and contrasting assertions of what is desired in data-related professional learning with accounts of the ways in which this professional learning actually happens provide an avenue for exploring these issues and for building a research base that can inform the work of district and campus leaders as well as support providers.  Login required.