The data school administrators collect is great, but they often end up storing them – literally. The accountability and assessment movements are pushing schools to move the data out of drawers though, and into the open. Some are taking this a step further by establishing school data rooms, where teachers can access student data in a logical and accessible way.

At Gilliard Elementary School in Mobile, Alabama, color-coded sticky notes are found on the walls of a room dubbed „the data room.“ These notes show teachers where their students are on the math and reading standards, as well as discipline and attendance records.

The goal is to help teachers recognize and address students‘ needs before they get out of hand. If a student isn’t attaining his or his goals in reading, the teacher can offer extra practice or work with students outside of school. If a child is experiencing an issue with their behavior, the teacher can send them to counseling official source or even consider taking that student from the classroom completely.

Baker’s approach is to let teachers celebrate their students‘ progress by putting data at the forefront. Last spring, an homeless student was proud to announce that he had met his reading goal.

Before making the leap to a school’s data room, be sure you can protect student privacy and follow FERPA guidelines. This is particularly important when it comes to classroom data displays which contain sensitive information, such as counseling sessions and disciplinary actions could be uncovered accidentally.