District adds data use to teacher training

Long Beach Unified School District aims to bridge the data gap between teaching and learning

data-PDWhile teacher professional development continues to be scrutinized by research and the media, Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) is hoping to get it right with data.

A new video by the Data Quality Campaign shows how using data empowers LBUSD teachers to match their learning needs to the learning needs of students.

“Data informs every decision that we make,” said Christopher Steinhauser, superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District. “Data is not seen as a bad thing here, it’s actually seen as your friend.”

Many critics of teacher professional development recommend moving from a one-size-fits-all approach to a tailored approach meet the different needs of teachers. That’s exactly what LBUSD has done with data.

By embedding student data dashboards within its professional development system, LBUSD’s teacher training evaluates teachers’ needs based on their students’ academic performance data, teachers’ past training, self-evaluations and administrative feedback. Once these needs are assessed, the system helps teachers create a personal learning plan.

As teachers follow the plan, it gives them feedback on their growth by pulling information from student academic performance data, coaching feedback, and observations.

“When teachers are empowered with meaningful data, teaching and learning improves.”said Paige Kowalski, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at the Data Quality Campaign.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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