Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat: Using Data to Support Meaningful Goal-Set (CoSN17)

Mr. Collin E. Miller, Taos Academy Charter School, Director of Technology.

Brief Session Description:

What happens when we put student data into the hands of the people it really affects — our learners?

Brookhart, Moss and Long remind us that “the most important instructional decisions, those with the greatest influence on student success, are made by learners themselves” (2009, ref. Stiggins 2008).

Levering quantitative and qualitative data is a key step in building learner agency and scaffolding students towards setting meaningful goals for their own academic progress. At Taos Academy Charter School, an innovative blended learning school serving grades 5–12, our advisers and teachers help students to track their own efficiency, chart progress, set goals, problem-solve and self-reflect. Join us to learn are the ways our teachers strive to put students in the driver’s seat for success, as individuals, members of their learning community and as empowered partners in their own education.

Taos Academy Charter School have a philosophy around student voice and student choice. They offer STEM + Art classes and also do cyber-art classes and once taped over a whole building as part of their artwork.

Mr. Miller first had us do an activity that they use with their students:

Data Value Sort :
Using the above cards sort them from your most important priority to the least. Once sorted remove the bottom 2 and you have 15 seconds to re-order should you want to.

Remove the bottom 2 again and if you like, you have another 15 seconds to re-sort your remaining cards.

Remove last card and see what if what is left is what you really want.

The purpose of the exercise is to get you to think what you want to get from the data.

{Note: Persistance, Progress and Deep Learning are usually the top three}

The school get their data through Edgenuity, which supplies the core curriculum to the schools. Taos also use Google, Actively Learn, Newzela, ObiMax and 10 Marks.

Students are able to review their data and encouraged and assisted to also take charge of it.

Why do you collect data?

There can be a problem with over-collection — what do you use? What do students use?

Strategy 1

Efficiency is one of the measures carried out through a Student Attendance Log — but school realised they needed to figure out True Efficiency as some students were scoring 400% efficiency but were failing their courses.

It then allows the students to design their learning/work plans.

Strategy 2: recognising patterns

Helping students to recognise patterns to help them in their planning. A lot of the data is shared with the students. Increases ownership and acountability.

Strategy 3:

Recognising and celebrating each other’s stories.

It’s not all academic achievement that gets recognised by the system. The school also tracks random acts of kindness through notifications of these acts from their peers.