Nine templates to help educators leverage school data

By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor
January 7th, 2013

Educators need a practical system that organizes school data in a way that is easily understood.

Educators and administrators are collecting an enormous amount of data about the progress of their students and schools. Now that this information has been collected, how can it be used to improve education?

What administrators and teachers need is a practical system that organizes school and student data in a way that is easily understood and readily available during the school day, according to a collaboration by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and Gartner Inc.

School districts are looking to purchase student information systems and learning management systems to help them with this task.

Watch CoSN CEO Keith Krueger’s interview with Comcast Newsmakers (aired on CNN):


(Next page: A closer look at the collaborative’s goals—and nine templates it has created to help educators leverage school data)

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One Response to “Nine templates to help educators leverage school data”

Thanks for sharing this insightful research. Identifying effective technologies that actually improve educational outcomes is of the upmost importance. There is an overabundance of apps that make lofty claims about their ability to teach math and reading, but few offer any means to quantify or qualify their promises. Teachers and parents need to more carefully analyze the apps that they put in their student’s hands, especially beginning readers. They also need to actively verify that they app is improving the student’s communicative ability through dialogue to test the child’s fluency and comprehension. Fortunately, teachers and parents do not have to do all of the research themselves. The EDU STAR system, an impartial educational technology and educational application rating system based on the Common Core Standards, is currently under development. The goal of the project is to provide educators and parents the necessary information to discern whether or not a given product lives up to its claims. Academia should applaud the efforts of organizations like The New American Foundation and The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and the EDU Star system who endeavor to make teaching as effective as possible!