Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Driving with help from DASH

Our school uses a very cool data mining tool called DASH - powered by TetraData.

In a snap, we can drill down and see everything from student absences and discipline history, to standardized test scores, to district-wide data.

It really empowers teachers, and allows me to act solidly on those hunches and gut feelings we get. I can recognize patterns of student behavior that go back years ... or, ID right off the bat the struggling students in need of differentiated instruction.

I can also see who the troopers are - students here daily and giving their all - despite putting low test numbers on the board. I love those kids.

As Martha would surely say, "Mining student data ... it's a good thing."

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