Great new MindShift piece ~ Rethinking Data

flickr photo by Colin Warren http://flickr.com/photos/colinwarren/169459641 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license

flickr photo by Colin Warren http://flickr.com/photos/colinwarren/169459641 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license

Mindshift has a new piece that helps us think more broadly about data and ensuring we get a holistic view of each one of our students.

Rethinking Data: How to Create a Holistic View of Students

“The excerpt below is from “Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes For Every School,” by Mark Barnes and Jennifer Gonzalez. The following is from the chapter entitled, “Hack 10: The 360 Spreadsheet.”

Collect a Different Kind of Student Data

For at least a decade now, the driving force behind education reform has been data. We talk about collecting data, analyzing data, and making data-driven decisions. All of this data can certainly be useful, helping us notice patterns we might not have seen without aggregating our numbers in some way, looking for gaps and dips and spikes, allowing us to figure out where we are strong and where we need help. In terms of certain academic behaviors, we can quantify student learning to some extent and improve our practice as a result.

And yet, we know this is not enough. We know our students bring with them so many other kinds of data. So many other factors contribute to academic success: the atmosphere in their homes, the demands of their out-of-school school schedule, the physical concerns that distract them, the passions and obsessions that consume them. These things are much harder to measure, so we don’t even try, focusing instead on the things we can convert to numbers.” Read the entire piece here.

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