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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We live and work in a multi-device world that allows us access to knowledge at our fingertips. In the learning world this has created a new dimension, which lays emphasis on multi-device/responsive learning. The Learning in a Multi-device World Infographic provides a graphical explanation on the rapid rise in the number of devices and their increased usage in our daily lives that have led to the evolution of ‘The Multi-device World’. It also explains the need for multi-device learning in the present scenario and provides an elucidation on the various aspects pertaining to designing, testing and delivering that have to be considered when getting started with multi-device learning.

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