“Data is at the heart of ensuring that every student has a learning experience that recognizes their individual needs,” said Paige Kowalski, executive vice president of the Data Quality Campaign. “Data empowers educators to understand where a student is and how to target supports to get them to where they need to be. As policymakers and educators develop a variety of strategies to personalize learning, they must also consider that robust data and privacy policies are needed to be successful.”
To successfully personalize learning, students, parents, and teachers must have access to the data that they need—when they need it, and associated policies and practices must protect student data privacy. Teachers also need to have the time, tools, and training to collect, analyze, and use student data in an ethical way to make instructional decisions.
Here are 4 key points about data and personalized learning:
1. With data, learning is individualized: Teachers, parents, and students know where students are, and which instructional strategies and supports will best serve their unique needs, skills, and interests to get them
where they need to go.
2. With data, learning continues outside of the classroom: Teachers, parents, and students understand how students can benefit from learning opportunities beyond the classroom.
3. With data, students are partners in their own learning: Students understand their performance and their progress towards learning goals over time. They use this information to ask questions, make decisions, and have more ownership of their learning.
4. With data, learning is about mastery, not the time spent in class: Teachers can support each student’s path to success with a detailed understanding of where they are and what skills and concepts they still need to master.