How Affective Data Could Change Learning Outcomes

Love it or hate it, Big Data is changing K–12 education. Collecting and analyzing student data — including grades, attendance, disciplinary issues and test scores — gives schools and districts new, valuable insights into student performance and behavior. For example, after my colleagues in Washington helped Spokane Public Schools set up a virtualized data warehouse, the district began using an in-house data analytics system to determine predictors of dropping out and to monitor at-risk students. As a result, graduation rates improved by nearly 8 percent over a three-year period. Educators from Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools in Tennessee also helped raise graduation rates by providing transparency into student performance data. Accessing data from a centralized dashboard, students, parents and teachers were able to develop customized action plans to promote academic success.…

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