Why do you gather data and how do you interpret it and share it?
We collect data at this school because it tells us about the children learning. And essentially in a school we are about the children learning, they are not only here to feel safe, have fun, connect with me, all those things. My job is to make sure they learn to read and write, become numerate, relate to one another, all those key competency type things are really important and that is my job. Data tells me where they are at and where they need to go to next. Sharing that data with them empowers them to do something about it. And it also becomes important in sharing with their parents because that leads into a learning partnership between home and school and it means we are all on the same page and we can all work to help the children achieve those learning goals.
I think the collection of data and assessment is very important as long as it’s being used purposefully. I think if it’s just for the sake of being accountable then there is just no point to it, and I always find.....we are quite lucky at our school we actually use our assessment to promote further learning and to feed forward into our learning, and there is no secrets with the assessment. I am very clear and a lot of our teachers are very clear that we are doing a running record with you and this is what it showed us, and this is what you need to learn next, do you agree, and there is lots of conversations that we will have with students about the data we are collecting. And that way it’s not a surprise to them, to us, to their parents as well. And so it’s just important that everyone is informed on what the data is used for.