Teachers Using Data to Inform Practice and Improve Student Performance in Mathematics

Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education

The professional development program Using Data has teachers work together to analyze data on student performance, share expertise, try new ideas, and learn from content specialists. As designed by TERC, the program helps teachers make better use of data in identifying systemic student learning problems and solving them through improvements in instruction.

CNA Education, in partnership with WestEd and TERC, conducted a randomized controlled trial to examine the impact and efficacy of Using Data on teachers’ ability to use data and to improve student math performance in grades 4 and 5 in a large urban school system. The evaluation was funded through the Teacher Quality: Mathematics and Science Education grant program of the Institute of Education Sciences. In addition to the quantitative analysis, we developed surveys and collected and analyzed survey data from teachers to examine whether the Using Data program influences teachers’ data-use practice, skills, and attitudes.

Our evaluation produced actionable recommendations that TERC could use to enhance the Using Data process.