Teachers Know Best
: What Educators Want From Digital Instructional Tools 2.0

Making Data Work

Making data work for every classroom, every teacher, and every student

Teachers believe close relationships with their students are fundamental to effective instruction.


of teachers are constantly looking for ways to engage students based on who they are

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Teachers ranked reassurance that no student falls between the cracks highly important

Ideally, data should help teachers make instruction effective.
But it doesn’t.

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67% of teachers are not satisfied with data/tools. They're making trade-offs.

Teachers are faced with perennial tensions:

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Data is often organized student by student—making it difficult to quickly scan the whole class—or lacks the detail necessary to help teachers address the needs of individual students.

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Slow and overwhelming quantities of data make administrative tasks laborious and keep teachers from building close relationships with their students.

We asked 4,650 teachers: How can we put data to work to drive instruction in your classroom? We compiled their answers so you can build the tools.

Teachers' approach to data

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Teachers told us data has to help them in 3 ways in order to personalize instruction for their students.

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Teachers are trying to review the depth of understanding across their whole class

But manually integrating and organizing data is laborious

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Teachers are trying to pinpoint misconceptions, struggles and competencies

But tools don’t provide enough detail and can’t keep up at the speed of teaching

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Teachers are trying to adjust their approach to address what they’ve learned

But struggle to leverage data to change their student’s learning trajectories

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We asked teachers what their ideal approach to data driven instruction looked like. Here's what they told us.

Driving Instruction With Data