Wayman, J. C. & Stringfield, S. (2003). Teacher-friendly options to improve teaching through student data analysis. Paper presented at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, Baltimore, MD, October. Retrieved January 10, 2007 from http://www.csos.jhu.edu/datause/papers/aatc_teacher-friendly_software.pdf
This paper explores the accessibility of student data for teachers and potential software programs to facilitate data-driven instruction and decision making in schools. The authors maintain that while adequate data for decision making exist, they must be made more accessible to teachers in order to inform classroom practice. The authors argue that this can be accomplished by acquiring effective software programs. The authors include numerous commercially-available software products and describe ideal features (e.g., quick access to information, affordable, accessible to all levels of educators, etc.) of these programs. While the authors admit that no one program will meet all needs of a school, they maintain that some are more comprehensive than others and should be evaluated given the needs of the school and teachers.
Data Systems, Human Resources, Skills and Knowledge