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Making data user-friendly for classroom teachers

Neal Gibson, Project Manager, Arkansas Longitudinal Data System, Arkansas Department of Education (along with Jim Boardman, Assistant Commissioner, Arkansas Department of Education)

  • Dr. Richard Wang, MIT: dimensions of data quality (access is the most important!)
    • Intrinsic (accuracy, believability, objectivity, reputation)
    • Contextual (value-added, relevancy, timeliness, completeness)
    • Representational (amount of data, manipulability, interpretability, ease of understanding, representational consistency, concise representation)
    • Accessibility (access, security)
    • The goal is to empower teachers, to have them own data rather than just having the data pushed out to them by districts and state departments
    • State department is working with Triand to develop and deliver online formative assessments statewide
    • The Triand system also allows teachers to upload lesson plans into the system and link them to state standards; other teachers can then search and use the lesson plans
    • Neal also talked a bit about data mining with the state’s formative assessment data. Very cool...
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