Administrators' top data priorities? Effective usage, professional development

educationdive | May 04, 2019

Districts want to use data to monitor student growth, but many are overwhelmed by it and want to make better sense of this information, according to a report by District Administration, citing a recent survey conducted by the American Productivity and Quality Center.Though administrators are struggling with all this data, they are increasingly focused on collecting vital measures through methods including student learning benchmarks, District Administration reports. The survey also shows a strong interest in professional development geared towards how to use data to make fact-based decisions.The survey found that 49% of administrators want to develop a system where data is used to make decisions and 46% want to use formative assessments more effectively. Other administrator priorities include attracting top talent — which 61% of respondents listed — and integrating technology into districtwide curriculum, which 65% said is a top concern for their district. All the ed tech tools popping up in schools around the country generates an incredible amount of data. This information can help direct the direction of students' learning and districts' decisions, as well as the curriculum and instructional decisions made by educators on a daily basis. However, while this data can tell very detailed stories, that's only the case if people can make sense of it.

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Deloitte’s Greg Merchant explores the attitudes, motivations, and behaviors of K-12 teachers, parents, and students, as uncovered by Deloitte’s Digital Education Survey.

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Deloitte’s Greg Merchant explores the attitudes, motivations, and behaviors of K-12 teachers, parents, and students, as uncovered by Deloitte’s Digital Education Survey.

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Manchester University | November 03, 2022

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YuJa | January 23, 2023

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