Assumptions, Predictions, and other Ingredients For Closing the Achievement Gap: One Recipe For ELL Student Success
Can the Common Core Standards serve as effective achievement benchmarks for ALL students, especially those who struggle most? In this article from Language Magazine, Using Data Senior Facilitator Mary Anne Mather offers practical strategies to help educators of struggling students act on a core belief of the Using Data process, "Significant improvement in student learning and in closing achievement gaps is a moral responsibility and a real possibility in a relatively short amount of time." Download the article.
TERC's Using Data is a Partner in New National Data Center Initiative
WestEd announced the launch of the Data for Decisions Initiative (DDI), a suite of resources and services designed to promote awareness, proficiency, and professional development about data literacy that results in using school data for meaningful change and increased achievement. WestEd has identified TERC’s Using Data Project as its premier partner for providing technical assistance and data literacy training for education leaders and the teachers they serve.
Data use in education must extend beyond compliance and accountability to support continuous improvement. In addition to student performance and classroom data, an intersection of behavior, attendance, school climate, and even transportation data can help teachers and school leaders improve teaching and learning.
TERC has been helping schools use data to close achievement gaps for over 15+ years. TERC’s professional development offerings can be customized to meet the specific needs of schools and districts. They result in developing a culture where teachers collaborate with peers as data-informed decision makers who are able to understand individual student needs, select proven solutions, and monitor progress toward successfully closing achievement gaps.
The DDI website, DataForDecisions.WestEd.org, contains:
• Research-based guidance on how to build data infrastructure in a school
• Solutions to common roadblocks in data use
• Free tools, resources, and foundational research reports
• A glossary and frequently asked questions about data use
• Related news and upcoming events
The TERC Using Data website offers additional free resources and a rich selection of professional development offerings
Using Data Brochure
Data Resources for Educators
Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making
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