Closing the Gap: Using Student Data to Improve Teaching

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

These new resources have been developed to support tools recently released by the three organizations to help schools and districts nationwide use student data to strengthen teaching and learning in the classroom.

Today, school districts already have large amounts of information (including standardized test results) about students that can be used by teachers to individualize instruction, student by student. Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action provides districts assistance in finding practical systems that organize this data in an easily understood way for teachers and readily available during the school day. The case studies showcase district successes and lessons learned by six school systems and include key findings and recommendations for use by other systems.

School districts cited in the case studies are:

• Fairfax County Public Schools (Va.), a system that is already reaping the benefits of an 11-year investment in transitioning to a data-driven environment.

• Ft. Bend Independent School District (Tx.), where system and process integration now contribute to more closely aligning curriculum with test results.

• Henry County Schools (Ga.), where a partnership between technology and curriculum leaders and teachers is addressing the challenge of getting data into the hands of teachers and students.

• Katy Independent School District (Tx.), a system that has used a number of data systems, and data coaches, to help teachers obtain and use data in the classroom.

• Richmond Public Schools (Va.), where a homegrown legacy student information system has been successfully replaced to support data-driven instruction.

• Sanger Unified School District (Calif.), a system using Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to guide collaboration for increased use of data and assessment tools.

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