Thursday, April 18, 2013

Teachers’ Online Use of Student Performance Data

Testing of students and computer systems to store, manage, analyze, and report the resulting test data have grown hand-in-hand. Extant research on teacher use of electronically stored data are largely qualitative and focused on the conditions necessary (but not sufficient) for effective teacher data use. Absent from the research is objective information on how much and in what ways teachers use computer-based student test data, even when supposed precursors of usage are in place.

This paper addresses this knowledge gap by analyzing the online activities of teachers in one mid-size urban district.

Utilizing Web logs collected between 2008 and 2010, the author finds low teacher interaction with Web-based pages that contain student test information that could potentially inform practice. The author also finds no evidence that teacher usage of Web-based student data are related to student achievement gains.

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