Reporting Data with “Over-the-Counter” Data Analysis Supports Improves Educators’ Data Analyses
The benefits of making data-informed decisions to improve learning rely on educators correctly interpreting given data. Many educators routinely misinterpret data, even at districts with proactive support for data use. The tool most educators use for data analyses, which is an information technology (IT) data system or its reports, typically reports data without guidance concerning the data’s proper analysis. A solution to data misinterpretation lies in applying medical labeling conventions to IT to essentially offer educators over-the-counter data, meaning reports are paired with straightforward verbiage on the proper interpretation of contents. Significant findings from a quantitative study involving 211 educators of varied backgrounds and roles at nine schools throughout California included improvements to respondents’ data analysis accuracy by 205%-436% when one of varied forms of data analysis guidance was embedded within the IT reporting environment.