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About the Project

Despite the increase in expectations for teachers’ use of data, little is known about what teachers actually do with student test data or how this data use relates to student learning. Data use has the potential to improve instructional practice and student learning; however, exactly how this occurs is not clear.

Enter researchers from the University of Delaware, who, in partnership with the Northwest Evaluation Association (NEWA) are spearheading a multi-state research project entitled “Understanding the Leverage Points: How Do Teachers Use Data to Inform Instruction.The project will use an explanatory mixed methods approach based on large scale survey data and follow-up case studies to examine key leverage points between data use, instructional decisions and student outcomes.


Let Dr. Farley-Ripple from the research team tell you a little more about the project: