In Education Week on 12/18/13 Peter DeWitt ask the question: Why is data a dirty word? He goes on to write a good article around the idea that we are inudated with data in our schools. He points us to good sources to make this point: Lyn Sharratt and Michael Fullan's "Putting Faces on Data. He uses their work to provide perfect questions about the data we are collecting in our schools.
" Lyn Sharratt and Michael Fullan, they write that "It's not just the sheer volume of information that is daunting. It is the form in which data arrive-can you imagine a devoted teacher becoming excited about the latest eloctronic report that serves up scores of disaggregated statistics?" Sharratt and Fullan go on to quote their colleagues Any Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley by writing "Teachers are data driven to distraction."
- How useful have your data been?
- Of all the data available, which are most critical?
- Which data are missing?
- Instead of using data, do players at every level "hope for" exceptional instructional practice within the mysterious black box known as the classroom?
- Give examples from your data that demonstrate you know that every child is learning at his or her maximum potential?"