From these sources, instructional leaders can begin to identify trends across classrooms in schools — and even whole districts!
Gathering Quantitative Data
Quantitative data involves the collection of numerical data points that can be sorted into categories, ranked in order, or measured in units.
Typically, school leaders and coaches gather this through informal and formal observations using a rubric. Observers rate performance in specific competencies that fall within specific domains of practice.
Just as with student achievement data, the data from formative assessments of teacher performance has enormous potential to inform professional development offerings and support.
In order to make data-driven decisions, school leaders, teachers, and coaches should use appropriate tracking software that has the capacity to synthesize and analyze data.
Tracking software (see the video below for an example using SchoolMint Grow) should also be designed to securely and effectively share data as needed.
What Data Can Do to Improve Teacher Performance
A data-driven analysis can inform decision-making throughout the coaching process. Data can be used to pinpoint exactly which teachers need help and which skills specifically need improvement.
When you accurately identify these needs, you can then provide targeted professional development to address growth in those areas. Data can be used to outline specific, measurable goals with concrete corresponding action steps to meet these needs.
Data can also help facilitate a school-wide cultural shift to a growth mindset. To create an effective coaching program that helps teachers get better faster, school leaders must build an environment that embraces a culture of ever-evolving progress.
Providing data-driven feedback on a regular basis will help normalize feedback on the whole and integrate it into your school’s everyday routine. Teachers will be more likely to embrace feedback when it is framed as a tool of growth.
Manage Your Data Effectively
Software is the best way to manage and make sense of data. Effective programs will enable you to track, analyze, and share data in a straightforward, organized fashion.