Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work for Teachers and Students
This is a follow-up study to an initial Teachers Know Best report, released in 2014, that attempted to share with educators and product developers detailed information about how K-12 teachers and students view digital instructional tools as a whole. The purpose of this second study provides information about the unmet needs of teachers and students and utilizes the voice of educators to identify areas in which focused product development could more effectively support their needs. The study also provides information on data use, a crucial component in personalized learning. Over 4,600 teachers from a nationally representative sample were surveyed about their use of data to drive instruction and the use of these tools, and were asked to report on their behaviors, beliefs, and specific occasions in which they use data to guide student learning. In addition, the study included qualitative research in innovative schools that are at the forefront of personalizing learning for students, as well as in more traditional public schools.