Sunday, June 7, 2015

Really Bill and Melinda? Maybe it's not the quantity OR the quality of the data that teachers want...

... Maybe the problem is the goals to which the data are connected. If it's memorization of simple facts and basic skills sets, perhaps the kids aren't struggling so much to learn them, as they are telling us that they're not worth learning in the first place...

Interesting bit from EdWeek:

"Teachers Don't Want More Data, They Want Better Data, Gates Survey Finds"

"...Nearly all teachers regularly use digital tools to inform their instructions, but most are unhappy with the quality of data or the data tools they have access to, according to a survey report released this week by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Ninety-three percent of the more than 4,600 teachers surveyed for the report, Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work For Teachers and Students, said they use digital tools, like a digital gradebook or Excel spreadsheets, mixed with non-digital tools when teaching. But 67 percent of those teachers said they aren't fully satisfied with the effectiveness of the ..."  

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