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When Education Data Explains A Phenomenon

By Abby Spoerl / November 01, 2016
How do you communicate a phenomenon without a name? You see it, you feel it, you experience it, but how do you communicate it? What do you do if you know something is happening, you see it and experience it, but you find it difficult to substantiate? How do you share your enthusiasm, passion, and excitement, when you don’t have the right words?  What’s the danger in ...
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Topics: EdTech, Data, Learnmetrics, School Data, Learning Analytics, Education

Getting Started: My Story With Education Data

By Kevin Shane / October 18, 2016
As a new teacher fresh out of college, I didn’t know much about using data to help inform my instruction. I imagine most new teachers feel the same way. During college, I heard a lot about test scores being used in No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and there were always rumblings about using student test scores as part of teacher evaluations. I didn’t know anything about ...
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Topics: EdTech, Metrics, Learn, School, School Data, Education

Getting Started: The Ed Data you Already Have

By Kevin Shane / October 04, 2016
A few months into each school year, I could anticipate which students would miss school the most. For certain students, I could also anticipate that I should mark them tardy instead of absent if they weren’t in class when the bell rang. I decided to look deeper into this for some students. One student missed the beginning of the day nearly every Thursday. There was ...
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Topics: Data, School Data, Cohort Data

Historical Student Data is Underappreciated

By Rickie Yudin / September 20, 2016
With the end of September approaching, it’s a great time to start identifying trends and patterns in your student growth data to determine if you are progressing toward the goals you set at the beginning of the year. But, how do you know if your classroom data at this point is telling you a meaningful story? After all, it’s only been a few weeks. Ultimately, the ...
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Topics: Data, Metrics, Student Growth, Data in Practice, Classroom Data, Data Collection, School Performance Data, Student Performance Data, Student Growth Data, School Data, Cohort Data, Historical Data, Student Growth Metrics

Education Data as a Compass

By Abby Spoerl / September 06, 2016
The school year was off to a rocky start, it was three months in,  and I felt like I was drowning everyday in my efforts to engage my students. In order to support my students’ success I needed ideas beyond what had worked in the past. I had exhausted my teacher toolkit and school resources: enter a child psychologist who worked with me on developing lessons for the ...
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Topics: Data, Metrics, Monitoring, Analysis, School, Education Data, Future Proofing, School Data, Teacher Data, Classroom Preparation

School Data Live is School Data Alive

By Rickie Yudin / August 23, 2016
The argument that schools should focus on school is a pretty straightforward one.  In a poignant opinion article a few weeks back, Andrew Rotherham reiterated that idea when he wrote, “as a rule the highest quality institutions we see, in all sectors, are ones that focus on being excellent at something.”  Let’s say schools do get to this dreamworld that Rotherham ...
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Topics: Student Growth, School Performance, Student Performance, Data Analysis, Education Data, School Performance Data, Real Time Data, Student Performance Data, School Data, School Analytics, Learning Analytics, Data Platform, Data Aggregation

Strong School Data Collection Roadmap

By Learnmetrics Team / August 09, 2016
August is here and this marks the time of year to sit down and really begin mapping out student growth and school performance goals for the upcoming school year. Of the topics we focused on year after year, one that continues to bubble to the top towards the end of each summer is student performance data....
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Topics: Data, School Administrator, Student Growth, Planning and Preparation, Classroom Data, Student Achievement, Student Performance, School Administration, Data Collection, Data Analysis, Education Data, School Performance Data, Student Performance Data, Student Growth Data, Data Organization

Responsibly Stewarding Education Data

By Rickie Yudin / July 26, 2016
Stewardship requires the act of carefully and responsibly managing something entrusted to “one’s care”. Unfortunately, education data stewardship in schools and school districts is typically a headache that is difficult enough when there is continuity from year to year; it becomes nightmare-ish when people transition out of a role or leave a school or district.  It ...
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Topics: Data, Student Growth, Data Stewardship, School District, Democratization of Information, Student Achievement, Student Performance, School, School Administration, Knowledge, Future Proofing, Data Science, Goals, Data Warehouse, Student Success, Democrartization

Education Data, An Introspective - What Worked Part II

By Abby Spoerl / July 12, 2016
Feeling rejuvenated?! Now was about the time I started to feel like looking ahead to the coming year and mentally preparing myself ;) There is so much to take into account with a new group of students and you want to gather as much information as you can to help inform plans for the coming year. You want to set yourself and your students up for success, without ...
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Topics: EdTech, Data, Summer, Learnmetrics, Analysis, Learn, School, Goals, Education, Teacher Data, Teacher Refelection

What Worked With Classroom Data: A Retrospective

By Abby Spoerl / July 05, 2016
You have finally had a few weeks to yourself to relax and regroup (I hope;) The end of the school year was always so chaotic for me and it took awhile before I felt like I wanted to take a look back at the school year. As you are unwinding, reflection on the school year as whole begins to come into focus and you find yourself wondering what went well and what you ...
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Topics: Data, Summer, Student Growth, Planning and Preparation, Classroom Data, Student Performance, Teacher Data, Teacher Refelection, Classroom Preparation

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