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Educators seek to research, develop, and implement curriculum changes that increase student achievement within and outside of schools. They focus on how students learn and the best ways to educate – considering the new trends in teaching and learning process.
Research has shown that using data in instructional decisions can lead to improved student performance. No single assessment can tell educators all they need to know to make well-informed instructional decisions, so researchers stress the use of multiple data sources.
“A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in education, information speaks volumes. Data analysis can provide a snapshot of what students know, what they should know, and what can be done to meet their academic needs. With appropriate analysis and interpretation of data, educators can make informed decisions that positively affect student outcomes.”
~ from SEDL nonprofit education research