3 ways our district avoids data overload

If teachers are overwhelmed with data, they won’t use it to inform their instruction. Here’s how we solved this challenge

Schools give many tests throughout the year to identify students’ skills and gaps in their learning, including universal screening, diagnostic, formative, interim, and summative assessments. These tests generate a huge amount of data meant to guide instruction—but all of this information can be overwhelming if teachers don’t have an easy way to process it.

There is such a thing as having too much data. If teachers have to sort through an abundance of data to figure out what their students need, and if they don’t know which data points they should focus on to achieve the greatest impact on learning, then they won’t use data to inform their instruction—and the money invested in data analysis and reporting tools will have been largely wasted.

About the Authors:

Debbie Clark and Stephanie Williamson are teachers on special assignment for the Buena Park Elementary School District in Orange County, California.

Using title funds for STEM curriculum

STEM initiatives can be part of title fund applications, opening the door for increased funding and new learning opportunities

Education initiatives are continually adapting to new trends, policies, and opportunities. Yet, funding is a consistent roadblock when teachers and administrators attempt to expand the resources–especially the STEM resources–available in … Read More