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June 25, 2020

Why K–12 Schools Should Establish a Data-Driven Culture

Source: EdTech Magazine Online | Repost Fight for Life Foundation 6/25/2020 –

Creating a culture around data-driven instruction requires transparency, trust and a willingness to rethink assumptions.

The essential ingredients for a data-driven culture have little to do with data itself, experts say. The real shift occurs when everyone in the educational community starts to change what they talk about and how they respond to conversational outcomes.

“That’s what exemplifies higher-performing schools that have transformed their entire culture: District leaders, school leaders, teachers and students are all working around the common goal of improving learning outcomes for students based on the data they have available,” says Mariana Aguilar, the research manager at GoGuardian, a software solution that helps schools filter, manage and monitor devices and content.

In practice, data-driven education can be challenging — but it’s worth the effort, say educators who have done it.

In California, the Saugus Union School District is in the third year of a professional learning community initiative focused on data-driven instruction. The PLC, implemented at SUSD’s 15 sites, includes a new curriculum and assessment structure. But what really moves the needle, according to three SUSD principals, are the insights that emerge when educators gather to discuss that data.

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