School Data Rooms – Should Your School Use One?

Data rooms at schools have a long tradition of displaying student test results in a chart that is displayed in an area that is only accessible to staff. They show the proficiency levels (below basic or advanced, proficient or basic) for a specific domain like math or reading. The aim is to help teachers focus on the students who are at the bottom of the academically and require a lot of interventions.

But with all the discussion about student privacy these days, an open display of student information could do more harm than good. Especially when the display includes the names of students, it can create feelings of shame and humiliation for students who are struggling. It’s important to think about the way your school uses these displays and think about more secure alternatives.

One of the most effective alternatives to traditional school data walls is an online platform that can store learning data safely. These platforms can draw data from LMS assignments and formative as well as summary assessments, demographic information, and even integrate your SIS for reports. Teachers can access these data sets at any time via a safe and secure dashboard. They can utilize a broad variety of filters to concentrate on various trends or student groups/cohorts. They can also monitor live progress against goals, and drill down into assignments, individual students, and individual learning trends.

To make a school data room meaningful it is essential to hold regular meetings to discuss the data. This helps teachers concentrate their attention and then come up with concrete steps to assist students make progress. If a group observes that a lot of students are struggling in math, for example, they might decide to create an intervention specifically for that area and track progress until students reach proficiency.