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We take so much data in our classrooms…but do you analyze data? Do you summarize it and use it for educational decisions? That’s what we need to be doing to be effective.
Data is most effective when it is summarized regularly and reviewed weekly to determine if the student is making progress or if something needs to be changed. Many teachers will summarize the data for the progress report, but if a student isn’t making progress, letting 9 weeks or even 4.5 weeks for interims, go by without fixing it means you have lost ¼ year of teaching. There are two main roadblocks that I have found for analyzing and reviewing data regularly. First, finding the time to summarize and analyze it is difficult and it is hard to understand sometimes why it should be a priority among all the issues we have to contend with during a school day. Second, teachers are often unsure how to summarize and make decisions about it. Today I want to talk about some contributing factors to these two issues and some solutions.We take so much data in our classrooms...but do you analyze your data?Click To Tweet
Why is Summarizing and Analyzing Data Important
faster. Think about that…not only are they better teachers because of it, their students feel the impact. To me, that’s a great reason.
Don’t Waste Your Time
Hoping Instead of Teaching is Insanity
So, How to Help….
Analyze Data Regularly
Get in the habit of reviewing all the students’ data weekly. Whether it is easier to review 2-4 students a day or all of them one afternoon is up to you. You have to keep with this and do it for a few weeks before it becomes a habit. Keeping up with it also means no more all-nighters before the IEP meeting or report cards. A habit takes time to develop so when you start commit to doing it for a month and then see how you feel.
Do Group Analysis
Graph the Data
Graph As You Go
So, until next time, how do you analyze your data? Want more information about data collection and organization? Check out our book Taming the Data Monster. That’s an affiliate link which means you get the same price and I make a small commission.