Teacher data team meetings are often a popular form of teacher professional development. Discussing student assessment data together with the grade team or department seems like a great idea.
But is it actually effective?
Edthena founder and CEO Adam Geller talked with Heather Hill, a researcher and professor at Harvard GSE, about what studies really show and outlined it in this SmartBrief article.
The research revealed that teacher data team meetings are rarely helpful in improving teacher practice or student outcomes.
“Across 10 different programs which tried to see this theory in action, there were zero [showing] impacts of getting teachers to really be productive, understand what kids don’t know, and change their instruction,” said Heather Hill, in an interview with Edthena.
So what should educators focus on instead of data deep dives?
Other, research-backed, strategies for reviewing student data more productively are presented in the article.
Read more at SmartBrief: Should You Cancel Teacher Data Team Meetings? You Might Be Surprised
You can also read more insights from Heather Hill’s research here.