When I think about this data-driven decision-maker indicator, and read “interpret qualitative and quantitative data to inform decisions,” I think about the use of assessment data to drive instruction. In my blog post, Enhancing Assessments to Drive Instruction with Pear Deck, I explore ways educators can use technology to enhance assessment design, allowing for increased student engagement, a differentiated learner experience, and effective data-collection. Learning gained throughout my graduate studies, and also through the experience of remote learning, has provided me with opportunities to think critically about assessments. These experiences have helped me to reflect on the purpose of the assessments I use with my students. This includes thinking about designing assessments that provide me with effective data-collection and offer my students real-time feedback. At times, assessments are given to students but little is done with the data collected from them. As a coach, it is important for me to understand how I can best support educators as they explore which digital tools could be used to enhance assessment design and provide differentiation for the learner experience. Opportunities for students to provide and receive ongoing feedback throughout the learning process is essential to improving student learning. Real-time feedback from formative assessments can give the teacher immediate data on student understanding of the content and inform their instruction. Interpreting qualitative and quantitative data from assessments can be challenging, and coaches must collaborate with educators and model this analysis to support them in this process. This also includes supporting teachers in empowering their students to analyze their own data as they practice goal-setting. When students are recognized as stakeholders in data collection, given opportunities to practice analysis, and understand the purpose of the assessment, they become more invested in the process.
ISTE Standards for Coaches (2019). Retrieved from: https://www.iste.org/standards/for-coaches