Collection Time Again

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Impact Evaluation of Data Driven Instruction Professional Development for Teachers

Abstract: This OMB package requests clearance for data collection activities for a rigorous evaluation of data-driven instruction in 104 schools from 12 school districts. Data-driven instruction involves the use of student assessment data to help teachers adapt their instruction and, ultimately, improve student achievement. The study’s intervention plan will build school capacity for DDI by: (1) Helping schools set up structures and processes that enable teachers and other school staff to efficiently carry out data-driven instruction, and (2) training and coaching teachers in the skills needed to understand student data and implement improved instructional strategies to address student needs. We plan to collect student records and teacher-assignment data from participating districts and schools, and conduct a teacher survey, teacher logs, and a principal survey. The evaluation’s main objectives are to understand how DDI is implemented and to rigorously estimate the impact of a comprehensive DDI program on student achievement and teacher and principal practices.

Data collected from 104 schools in 12 districts can not and should not inform our entire system of education about the achievement of students.

The data that used to drive instruction was collected by the teacher and varied with each class. Lessons were taught, teacher made tests were given, and the curriculum was adjusted according to the needs of the students in the classroom.

As the students changed, instruction changed.

Our federal government should not be spending millions of educational tax dollars to collect information on our children that informs them more of their future spending habits than it does on how to improve student achievement.

The information collected does nothing to improve the educational achievement of those individuals who were surveyed and will do nothing to improve the educational achievement of those children who were not surveyed.

Our children deserve an excellent education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming a responsible, actively engaged citizen, not a survey.

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