Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Drowning in Data (and paperwork)

What’s that phrase being bandied about right now, Data rich and information poor?  I sometimes feel that way.  We have state standardized assessments, district quarter assessments, unit common assessments, tests, quizzes, homework, classwork….We have the data, what do we do with it?

One thing is fill out reports with it.  We have spreadsheets that are 14 pages long with all the data we could ever hope to know about a student!  Apparently, my district isn’t the only one in this predicament.  There was an article in the Washington Post last week about this very topic.  Even the title, Paperwork Burden Plagues Teachers, tells the story.

So we have the data, we have a report, now what do we do with it all?

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