Whether it’s from NWEA, iReady, ALEKS or state testing, you have data.  Technology has made this access to data simple, but using the data to achieve student growth in the classroom is a whole different story.  Why does the student care about what the latest score suggests?  In many cases, the student doesn’t.  So how do you get students interested in data?  Simple…get them engaged in learning.

Last August, education author Weston Kieschnick spoke at a conference hosted by the NWOESC.  Weston preached throughout the presentation that “Curiosity is the prerequisite to engagement.”  His message was so simple, yet profound, especially when you consider how education tends to frontload data to “inspire” student learning.  The reality is that most students are not inspired by seeing their numbers.   read more

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