District Data Mining

Removing the Blame and Maximizing Impact on Learning

What Motivates People?

Remember when we studied Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs? Before we examine the data, let's activate your prior knowledge, review assumptions, and make predictions based on what we know about human nature.
Motivation and Your People's Needs

Private Reflections

Take five minutes to record your responses to the following statement stems on the blue note cards regarding your predictions about test data for your school:



  • I assume.....
  • I predict.....
  • I wonder....
  • My questions/expectations are influenced by....
  • Some possibilities for learning that this data may present include.....


Region 7 Data Comparison for MS and HS

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Data Driven Dialogue Observations

Just the facts! Take the next ten minutes to think about the data that has been presented. If you catch yourself using the following words or phrases, then stop.


Because...

Therefore....

It seems....

However....


Factual statement starters to be recorded on pink note cards:


  • I observe that....
  • Some patterns/trends that I notice....
  • I can count.....
  • I'm surprised to see that ....

Data Driven Inferences

You may generate multiple explanations for your observations, identify additional data that may be needed to confirm/contradict your explanations, propose solutions/responses, and identify data needed to monitor implementation of your solutions/responses. Take the next fifteen minutes, and use the yellow note cards to respond to the following stems:


  • I believe the data suggests...because...
  • Additional data that would help me verify/confirm my explanation is ...
  • I think the following are appropriate solutions/responses that address the needs implied in the data....
  • Additional data that would help guide the implementation of the solutions/responses and determine if they are working include...


Please be prepared to share your responses with your group.


Framework for Improving Student Proficiency and College and Career Readiness

Understanding by Design