Thoughts on performance data

15 assessment data thoughts

  1. Assessment quality is important. A weak test provides bad data.
  2. Spend time and money on creating quality assessments, not using cool technology.
  3. Only high quality district assessments provide useful data.
  4. Dashboards are not as useful to teachers as most think.
  5. Use state test data for information on student groups and trends. The data tells you more about parents, school programs, and environment than individual teachers.
  6. District assessment programs should focus on big picture decisions, not individual classrooms.
  7. District assessments designed to help classroom instructional decisions overreach.
  8. Predictive summative assessments help, if they have little impact on money and instructional time.
  9. It is possible for a predictive assessment to narrow curriculum similar to a state assessment.
  10. Diagnostic assessments should be used by teams and departments to plan for instruction and reaching goals, not for prediction.
  11. District programs benefit from different data sets than the classroom data.
  12. Classroom assessments produce better information for the teacher than district tests.
  13. Teachers need support creating classroom assessments.
  14. High-quality curriculum and materials help improve performance data.
  15. Short term or constant change of focus does not lead to long term success.