Using Data to Actually Improve Student Learning

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Fauss, Karen; Ditzler, Cass; Jenkins, Lee   (1997, ASQ)   Enterprise School District, Redding, CA

National Governor's Conference on Quality in Education, November 8-11 1997, Dearborn, MI    Vol. 0    No. 0
QICID: 11129    November 1997    pp. 921-929
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Article Abstract

The collection and analysis of data have a variety of applications in education. For example, learning of spelling words has been enhanced for one second grade class and their teacher through the tabulation of correctly spelled words. These tallies are put into student files, while class data are displayed with class run charts and scatter diagrams. The charts demonstrate that spelling and reading have improved yearly from 1993 through 1997. Bar charts are used to display how these students compare with their second-grade colleagues throughout the school district. A K-8 system has used a web diagram to demonstrate the how quality indicators are linked from grade to grade. This has encouraged teachers to work on school-wide assessment projects. Other tools used in this system include histograms and item analysis to display and interpret mathematics achievement. At the district level, graphs have been used to show improvement in the number of words read correctly from year to year and to highlight a decline in student enthusiasm from kindergarten to the middle school years. All these data and their displays support continuous improvement as well as accountability.

Keywords

Quality tools,Control charts,Data analysis,Data collection,Graphical methods,Graphs,Histograms,Run charts,Education


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