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ERIC Number: ED546465
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Reporting Data with "Over-the-Counter" Data Analysis Supports Improves Educators' Data Analyses
Rankin, Jenny Grant
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) International Conference (Jacksonville, FL, Mar 17-21, 2014)
The benefits of making data-informed decisions to improve learning rely on educators correctly interpreting given data. Many educators routinely misinterpret data, even at districts with proactive support for data use. The tool most educators use for data analyses, which is an information technology data system or its reports, typically reports data "without" guidance concerning the data's proper analysis. A solution to data misinterpretation lies in applying medical labeling conventions to information technology to essentially offer educators "over-the-counter" data, meaning reports are paired with straightforward verbiage on the proper interpretation of contents. Findings from a quantitative study involving 211 educators of varied backgrounds and roles at nine schools throughout California included improvements to respondents' data analysis accuracy by 205%-436% when one of varied forms of data analysis guidance was embedded within the information technology reporting environment. Findings were significant and can be used to improve data systems and data use.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California