ERIC Number: ED440119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Quality Instruction Based on Data To Better Meet Student Needs.
Edwards, Jenny; Lyons, Cherie; Jost, Mary Linda
An action research project explored whether teacher access to information about high school students at the beginning of the semester would result in changes in instruction and interactions with students. Nine pilot project teachers received instruction in how to access the school district's student database, along with information about access to information and confidentiality and training in data analysis. Grade point average, cumulative student attendance, student mobility, health problems, and student special education background were among the pieces of information available to teachers. Some teachers chose to avoid noting names of individual students, and only chose to examine class patterns, identifying groups or skewed distributions, while others reviewed data on individual students. Teachers began using the data to make instructional decisions in the classroom in 1996. The process will be refined as teachers gather data about the results of what they are doing. The teachers eventually will report to the whole school staff about their participation in the project. Early results suggest that students are benefiting from their teachers' awareness and use of data. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).