Student and Teacher in the College School

Understanding the Leverage Points: How Do Teachers Use Data to Inform Instruction?

Joan Buttram, Principal Investigator

Funder: Spencer Foundation

In spite of growing expectations for teachers’ use of data, little is known about what teachers actually do with student test data and, importantly, how their data use relates to student learning. Data use has the potential to leverage improvements in instructional practice and student learning, but the mechanisms by which improvements are generated need to be unpacked. This study will examine key leverage points between data use, instructional decisions, and student outcomes. The research is a joint endeavor between the University of Delaware (UD) and the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)’s Kingsbury Center. Dr. Buttram’s co-Principal Investigator is Dr. Elizabeth Farley-Ripple from UD’s School of Education.