School Data Rooms – Should Your School Use One?

In the data rooms of staff only of schools, it is a tradition to display student assessment results in charts. Typically, they show levels of proficiency (below basic advanced, basic, proficient or advanced) in a subject like math or reading. The goal is to focus teachers' attention on students who are the most behind grade-level and require a lot of intervention.

But in the midst of all the discussions about student privacy these days, an open display of student data can do more harm than good. If the display displays students' names, this could cause embarrassment or shame in struggling students. It is crucial to think about the ways your school utilizes these displays and think about more secure alternatives.

Online platforms that can store learning data in a secure way are a great alternative to the traditional school wall of data. These platforms can pull information from LMS assignments as well as formative and summative assessments along with demographic data, and even integrate with your SIS to provide reports. Teachers can then access these data sets at any time via a safe and secure dashboard. Teachers can focus on particular student groups or cohorts using a variety of filters. They can also monitor live progress towards goals and go into detail on particular students and individual learning trends.

Regular discussions about data are crucial for an area of data to be effective. This helps teachers narrow their focus and leave with concrete steps to help students move forward. If a group observes that a large number of students are struggling with math, for example, they might decide to create an intervention to address that particular area and track progress until the students are at proficiency.

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