Goals, Routines, and Tools for Data Use
Jane, a middle school teacher, was on board with data-informed decision making, but she felt the main barrier to data use at her school was the curriculum pacing pressure. The district had adopted a new math curriculum, and district curriculum leaders designed a pacing guide in which textbook lessons were mapped each week throughout the school year. The pace required every math teacher to dedicate approximately one day to teaching each concept. The pacing guide was accompanied by district-mandated benchmark assessments. Jane explained the dilemmas that this produced:
There are precise dates when every sixth-grade math teacher is required to administer these assessments. My colleagues regularly ...