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A study published earlier this year on teacher data dashboards, summarized by Matthew Di Carlo:

Teachers in these meetings were quite candid in expressing their opinions about and experiences with Dashboard. One factor that arose with relative frequency was an expressed concern that the Benchmark tests lacked some validity because they often tested material the teachers had yet to cover in class. A second factor that was supported across the focus group discussions was a perceived lack of instructional time to act on information a teacher might gain from Dashboard data. In particular, teachers expressed frustration with the lack of time to re-teach topics and concepts to students that had been identified on Dashboard as in need of re-teaching. A third concern was a lack of training in how to use Dashboard effectively and efficiently. A fourth common barrier to Dashboard use cited by teachers was a lack of time for Dashboard-related data analysis.

Khan Academy intern Josh Netterfield, in June 2013, on Khan Academy's coach reports:

Currently over 70,000 teachers actively use KA in their classrooms, but few actually use coach reports. Already we’ve seen how the right kind of insights can transform classrooms, but some of the data has historically been quite difficult to navigate.

Stanford d.school's 2011 analysis of Khan Academy [pdf]:

Generally speaking, the student data available on the Khan dashboard was impressive, but it also was challenging at times for the teacher to figure out how best to synthesize and use all the data – a key future needed if teachers are to maximize the potential of blended learning

Screenshots from a video of Khan Academy's recent redesign of their coach reports:

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3 Responses to “Teacher Data Dashboards Are Hard, Pt. 1”

  1. on 11 Sep 2013 at 3:59 pmLuke

    FYI, Bionic Teaching / Tom Woodward has some great thoughts on teacher dashboards over here.

  2. on 12 Sep 2013 at 2:45 pmDave Major

    Also relevant: http://www.perceptualedge.com/blog/?p=1374

  3. […] from my own experience and from my reading, teacher data dashboards seem to suffer in three […]

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