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Does driving instruction using Data Teams impact student achievementProblem Stated and DefinedDid you know that a student has 56 hours of instructional time a day If a student goes to school 180 days a year for 13 years that is 13104 hours of instruction To cover all the content you would have to change schooling from K-12 to K-22The sheer number of standards is the biggest impediment to implementing standards Marzano 2001 One strategy according to The Leadership and Learning Center founder Douglas B Reeves that leads to better outcomes for students and schools is to create meaningful data teams in schools Dakarai 2010 I work at a school this year that has implemented the Data Teams process As teachers are going through the process and we are seeing the workload increase because of data teams they are starting to question the success of data teams Many teachers are having a hard time with data teams because of the amount of assessing analyzing and flexible grouping that is required during the data team process A current second grade teacher offered her opinion through a survey There was a lot of extra planning required to score and discuss assessments There was extra time involved to determine interventions and strategies Meetings often took longer than time allowed so we have spent many planning periods finishing up data team meetings Being the data team leader of the second grade team it seems as if I am the messenger delivering my teams frustrations to administration and then reporting back to them the repeated message get used to data teams they arent going away I feel that when a Data Team meeting is held and instruction is followed with validity according to our meeting that data teams due impact student achievement Before going on anymore discussing the impact of data teams its important to discuss actually
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