I notice that when we talk about data we forget to include our students. At my elementary school we have wall data for the students to see what reading level they are on. Students become competitive trying to reach the top and take ownership when they are able to move their character up the data wall. One particular student at my school was at a level c and saw that his friend was at a level h. He read and worked hard to reach level q. We all get excited when we can reach or exceed our goals. Its time to let your students be a part of the process. What can you do differently in your class to allow your students to use their data to gage their learning? or What are you doing to let your students use their data to drive their learning?
Read the two articles below to assist you in great examples and research.
Several ideas on how to involve students in data are included in the June Community Roadmap: Learning with Data. I agree that students who are allowed to use data to set goals often feel an interest in reaching those goals.