A new website, Making Decisions with Data, teaches educators to harness the power of data. Through gathering and analyzing data, teachers can better understand the reasons behind student performance and enact effective classroom strategies.
The dialogue around teaching has traditionally relied on anecdotal evidence. Newer research, conducted using the scientific method, demonstrates that gut feelings about teaching are often wrong. Making decisions about teaching using this newer research can change how students learn.
“Making Decisions with Data” is a useful site for educators with rich data sources they want to use but aren’t sure how,” said Ginger Gossman, a senior research specialist at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. “The case studies guide readers through practical strategies for using data to inform decisions. The videos feature scholars who use these strategies and demonstrate their utility and application across disciplines.”
Dr. Eric Mazur, a Harvard professor and leader in educational reform, is featured in the modules and helped launch the site at UT Austin. Dr. Mazur remarked, “The Making Decisions with Data project shows how you can use data to inform important decisions about education.”
The site is free for all educators: teachers and administrators involved in education levels from elementary school through post-secondary programs. Educators learn about and practice data-driven decision making, a method of improving student performance by using quantitative and qualitative classroom data to inform teaching decisions. “Our goal is to demystify the process of using data so that educators at all levels are empowered to use d