Gallagher, L., Means, B., & Padilla, C. (2008). Teachers' use of student data systems to improve instruction: 2005 to 2007. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development.
This policy brief is the second in a two-part series examining teachers' use of data from student data systems. This report is based on teacher and technology director survey data collected in 2005 and 2007 from the U.S. Department of Education's National Educational Technology Trends Study (NETTS). This brief addresses how student data systems are being implemented in districts and schools, whether supports for data use and tools for working with data are prevalent, and how school staff use student data systems. Survey results indicated that from 2005 to 2007, teachers report much greater access to electronic student data systems, yet they also report only having access to students' grades and attendance records rather than achievement data. Additionally, teachers who report receiving better-than-average-support for working with data are more likely to use student data to inform instruction. Teachers reported the desire for more professional development opportunities to strengthen data-use skills and learn how to use data to inform instruction, and cited a lack of time as a barrier to effective data-use in both 2005 and 2007. The authors conclude that there has been progress in the prevalence and use of student data systems in the past two years, yet more systematic strategies are needed to make data use a key part of instructional decisions.
Data Systems, Human Resources, Reporting