Use of business enterprise style, data-driven instruction expands in public schools, thanks in part to encouragement from the US Department of Education for such management of learning as part of school reform.
Electronic technology helps a growing number of educators identify students’ academic weaknesses and helps prompt targeted and timely interventions when appropriate.
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) provides ways for educators to increase efficiency by aligning curriculum, standards, assessments, and instruction to increase student academic achievement.
My favorite, for the moment, case study of using data-driven instruction is the district of Oak View School.
Corry Murray reports that across the district, administrators and teachers in more than 240 school buildings and offices use their Education Decision Support Library (EDSL) daily to help gauge student progress and measure academic success under NCLB. Engineers in the district’s Department of Instructional Technology developed this customized data warehousing and reporting tool.
“The next year (after using EDSL and adjusted instruction), we scored 97 percent on the same test,” said Oak View School principal Debbie Lane, “which is unbelievable.”
“It feels good” to point to such bits and pieces of the reality of NESI (New Era School Initiative) in public schools! Kudos, Teachers!
Now, let’s bring such data to you on your Tablet PCs through aLEAP and similar resident software programs in order to increase student academic performance further.