Data-driven instruction is one of those buzzwords in today’s educational landscape. We hear all about data, but if your experience is anything like mine, you’ve never really been trained to do much with it.
Sure, we give pre-assessments and set goals for post-assessments, growth, and student success, but it often feels like we’re doing so only to play (and win at) the game of public education. Of course I want my students to succeed–but I want to facilitate authentic opportunities to help them learn and grow, not meet arbitrary growth standards set outside my classroom or school–or any school at all.
Although I much prefer the term data-informed, this is a great example of using data to drive instruction and inform not only the teacher, but also the students on where they are and where they need to go.