Thursday, November 25, 2010

Smart Data for education (IBM Smart world YouTube video)

We are at a point where we are seeing huge changes in school getting the data needed to complete the puzzle. We can easily and quickly bring data assessment together. In the past we had once a year data and then schools where looking were they went wrong with the process. I like to call this autopsy results and the student had died now we are just looking to see why. We are getting to the point where now we are like the doctors. We get the results before they are dead and assess what we can do to keep them from dying. We do this with RTI weekly assessments with the lowest 20% of our student population and progresses monitor them on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. This is an exciting time if you are a data driven educator. Does this mean we don't rely on our gut instincts and what we know as this is very important also. This data will just help us confirm and check to make sure what we think is working is working.

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