ERIC Number: EJ1006528
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
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If You Build It Will They Come? Teachers' Online Use of Student Performance Data
Tyler, John H.
Education Finance and Policy, v8 n2 p168-207 Spr 2013
Testing of students and computer systems to store, manage, analyze, and report the resulting test data have grown hand-in-hand. Extant research on teacher use of electronically stored data are largely qualitative and focused on the conditions necessary (but not sufficient) for effective teacher data use. Absent from the research is objective information on how much and in what ways teachers use computer-based student test data, even when supposed precursors of usage are in place. This paper addresses this knowledge gap by analyzing the online activities of teachers in one mid-size urban district. Utilizing Web logs collected between 2008 and 2010, I find low teacher interaction with Web-based pages that contain student test information that could potentially inform practice. I also find no evidence that teacher usage of Web-based student data are related to student achievement gains, but there is reason to believe these estimates are downwardly biased.
Descriptors: Data, Information Utilization, Testing, Academic Achievement, Urban Schools, School Districts, Teachers, Web Sites, Achievement Gains
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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