Data can speak volumes when making informed decisions on students’ academic growth and teacher preparedness.  It provides a snapshot of what students know, what they should know, and what can be done to meet their academic needs.


Through analysis and interpretation of data, educators can make informed decisions that positively affect academic growth and transform the classroom. A study conducted by Wayman, 2005; Wayman, Cho, & Johnston, 2007; and Wohlstetter, Datnow, & Park, 2008 concluded that data driven decisions can lead to improved student performance.


Data from charts, quizzes, graphs, tests as well as other informal and formal strategies can be used to transform learning. This month’s challenge will explore online tests and how they can be used to transform classroom practices.

Online Resources







OverviewCreate online tests and quizzes or select from over 100,000 pre-created quizzes.Hands on practice and interactive feedback for over 27,400 questions.Create surveys, quizzes and polls or select from pre-designed quizzes and tests.
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  • Use with mobile devices


Benefits of  Using Data to Transform the Classroom


Student analytics can make informed decisions that lead to insights and improvements in teaching and learning. It gives a visual depiction of the lesson and strengths and weaknesses of the lesson. In addition, data can:

  • Show what students have learned
  • Reveal gaps in learning
  • Be used to plan and create strategies to reteach lessons
  • Identify students who need additional support and students who are progressing
  • Identify standards in relationship to student proficiency




Your Challenge

Using data to inform instruction is a critical reason to collect data.  Let’s begin the challenge by exploring resources that can be used to collect and analyze data. 


1.  Bookmark this challenge and share it with three of your colleagues.

2.  Answer the Chapter 1 first question for Animal Farm on the Learnerator site.

3.  Scroll down to view the analytics. What does the analytics show and how can the data be used to affect change.

4.  Click comment in the engage community to share your thoughts.