As accountability for school improvement and individual teacher performance escalates, we have to spend more time analyzing and utilizing data then we do collecting it. Period.
The problem is that data, academic or behavioral, still takes too much time to enter and then it usually takes an Excel wizard to make it make sense. On top of that there are district policy barriers or old skool thinking that starts with the excuse, “Well, because we’ve always done it that way!”. I personally find this an absurd problem because there really are a lot of great data-bases out there that can do all that work for you. If you are still resorting to tally marks and manually counting, averaging, and summing your students data you need to STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN.
Three Data Dashboard Solutions
So take action and begin working smarter not harder. Let me know your thoughts on this and what your school currently uses to analyze data.