Data alone does not lead to improved learning outcomes for students. While data can be helpful in determining what direction to take with a certain student, the data must be meaningful and used properly.
Keep in mind that specific data points should be treated as snapshots in the complete album of a student. A data point captures a moment in time, and when combined with deeper knowledge of a student, as well as improved instruction and intervention, can lead to improved learning outcomes for that student.
Utilize data points to inform a complete portrait of a student, and combine that information with more personal knowledge of a student… strengths, needs, likes, dislikes, everything that makes that student tick. After gathering and analyzing data points and knowledge of the student, make decisions to change your instruction and provide intervention when necessary.
Utilize data to inform your instruction. Use data to change your instruction. Use data to impact learning.
For data alone will not lead to improved learning outcomes.