ERIC Number: EJ712938
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May-1
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Educators: How to Use Student Assessment Data to Improve Instruction
Boudett, Kathryn Parker; Murnane, Richard J.; City, Elizabeth; Moody, Liane
Phi Delta Kappan, v86 n9 p700 May 2005
State accountability systems that are based on test data and the No Child Left Behind Act have put educators under great pressure to improve their students' scores on standardized tests. Much has been written about the possibility that school faculties will resort to "drill and kill," a response that will reduce the quality of children's education. Much less has been written about what it takes for teachers and administrators to be able to use student assessment results to learn about children's skills and about the effectiveness of instruction--and then to use that learning to guide instructional improvements. In this article, the authors describe an innovative course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that places graduate students and public school teachers on school-based teams and asks them to solve real problems using real student data.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Course Descriptions, Workshops, Data Analysis, Standardized Tests, Public School Teachers, Graduate Students, Problem Solving, Instructional Effectiveness, Teamwork, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001