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Students Are More Than Their Testing Data

By Kevin Shane / February 21, 2017
When meeting students on the first day of school, there isn’t much you know about them right away. Teachers can see their names, possibly a picture, and usually not much else without really digging into every student. Where I used to teach, I could look at all my students’ grades in their previous classes, but that was an extremely time consuming process to go ...
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Topics: Data, Student Success

Getting More out of your standardized testing data

By Abby Spoerl / February 07, 2017
It is late spring, there is light at the end of the school year tunnel, you are starting to feel a little less pressure and stress in your job, and your standardized test results appear in the mail! What always struck me as so interesting was the importance the tests seemed to take on at a district or parental level while also putting so much  pressure/on the kids ...
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Topics: Data, Analysis, Learn, School, Goals, Cohort Data

Your Education Data Ecosystem’s Impact

By Rickie Yudin / January 24, 2017
Last June, we published a blog outlining the critical components for evaluating your education data ecosystem. It’s hard to believe that more than 6 months have already passed since that blog was first published and we are recommending a mid-year analysis of your ecosystem. This is a great time of year, as you are working on budgets and decision making for next year, ...
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Topics: EdTech, Data, School Ecoystem, Analysis, Student Achievement, Data Analysis, School Performance Data, School Data, School Analytics

Education Data Quality and Completeness

By Kevin Shane / January 10, 2017
With the recent push toward heavily relying on education data, it’s extremely easy for schools to just get caught up in the whirlwind without slowing down to map out their options. It’s extremely easy for schools to fall into a few different traps. Some schools have a wealth of data and no plan to use it. Schools need a data map; there needs to be a plan in place ...
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Topics: EdTech, Data, Metrics, Analysis, Data Analysis, Education Data, School Data

Telling a Trustworthy Story with Education Data

By Abby Spoerl / December 13, 2016
In 2016, we saw data take center stage in the education reform arena as well as in everyday practice. A lot of attention has also been paid to the potential drawbacks and/or inadequacies of big data in education....
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Topics: EdTech, Data, Metrics, Learnmetrics, Analysis, School, School Data

Making Stories Stick Using Data

By Danny Goodman / November 15, 2016
 We love stories....
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Topics: EdTech, Data, Metrics, Analysis, Data Collection, Data Analysis, Future Proofing, School Data

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: 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

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