With the help of data analysis, teachers can measure, improve and adapt their practices and educational content, as well as better understand the performance of their students.
A recent survey reveals teachers' opinions about data analysis in educational settings; those surveyed emphasize data importance, even though, they express training and access to information is critical.
Data analysis is a process of inspecting, modifying, and modeling data to reach conclusions, and support decision-making. With the aid of data analysis, teachers can measure, improve and adapt their educational practices and contents.
In this regard, The Data Quality Campaign, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality, access, and use of data in education, conducted a survey of US teachers about the analysis of information in educational environments.
Data analysis and teaching
95 percent of teachers surveyed use academic data (test results, graduation rates) in conjunction with nonacademic data (for example, attendance or classroom behavior) to understand the performance of their students.
More than 60 percent of teachers say that data analysis improves their professional practices and helps them improve communication with their students about strengths and areas of opportunity.
More than 80 percent of respondents use data analysis to identify learning objectives, to know what concepts students learn and plan for better instruction.
89 percent say they use the data to personalize their teaching content according to the needs of each student.
Data analysis is essential in the educational ecosystem; however, the reality is that teachers have limited time, demanding workloads, lack of training on the part of their educational institutions, too much information to process and sometimes they don’t have access to data.
Furthermore, education data in educational environments also benefit parents. With information, they can make better decisions to support their children and to monitor the work the educational institution does to boost their children's learning.