Each student could be given a data number so that it is "confidential." Funny how many teachers object to names on the data, but I do walkthroughs in classrooms all the time where students' names are written under headings such as, "No Homework", "No Recess", "Unfinished Work" and that doesn't seem to bother anybody, nor does the students names being posted on how many AR points they have or names above colored cards that indicate daily classroom behavior. However, if you call it data, all the sudden everyone is worried about confidentiality. Like it or not, parents, legislators, and others in the public want us to be accountable for students' academic achievement. I think the discussion should be what do we measure and how often so that it is meaningful and drives our instruction in an academically purposeful direction. I spent 19 years in the classroom. the first nine were spent with no regard to data and the last 10 was data driven. I benefited greatly from the data because instead of thinking I knew what my students had mastered, I could know with certainty what they had mastered and how to best group students to differentiate instruction. I would never want to go back to the "good ole days" of throwing a bunch of curriculum at students and hoping it stuck.
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