A few concluding thoughts on the excellent posts from the Smarter Data Systems series guest bloggers:
- Laurence Holt is spot-on in his call for a clear theory of action for data systems and the use of data. We need to get serious about drawing the through line for how all that data actually impacts teaching and learning. Posts from Vincent Cho and Norton Gusky can inform theories about classroom teacher use.
- New York City was prominently featured in posts by both Heather Weiss and Arthur VanderVeen. But among the thousands of school districts, few have the resources to create and implement sophisticated, ARIS-like systems. Lori Fey’s description of the Texas Student Data System provides a glimpse of the emerging state role in extending flexible data platforms to local districts.
- Ben Boer is right: Our country is about to invest $350 million to improve assessments–we better make sure to structure our data systems and conception of data use to visualize and support actionable information from the torrent of new formative assessments, simulations, digitized student work, etc. coming down the pike.
- Data systems need to be open to integrate insights and information from afterschool, tutoring, supplemental educational services, and other community-based programs. These organizations need to get active in the data conversation or they will be shut out not only from important policy debates, but more importantly, from critical information flows around student learning.
Many thanks to all for thought-provoking guest posts over the past two weeks!