You’ve got data. Now, what do you do with it?

As a special educator, you likely spend a lot of time collecting and reporting data. However, data requires careful analysis to truly have an impact on student achievement. To ensure teachers have the time and resources they need in order to analyze data, many schools and districts are creating data teams.

What Is a Data Team?

A data team is a group of professionals who meet on a regular basis to review and reflect on student data. Data teams typically follow a data-driven decision making (DDDM) framework. DDDM frameworks vary, but the steps typically focus on collecting and organizing data, analyzing and interpreting data and using data to make instructional decisions. The DDDM process is a cyclical one, so after a period of implementation, the data team meets again to evaluate the effectiveness of modifications and plan for the next steps.

How Does Unique Learning System Support Data Teams?

Whether you are part of a school or district data team, or simply looking to improve the way you and your grade level or subject area colleagues use data to drive student achievement for your students with learning disabilities, Unique Learning System® offers tools to support you through each step of the DDDM process.

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Tools to Support Data Collection

Goals, Preferences and Skills (GPS) is the data collection center of Unique Learning System. Profile and assessment data is collected and stored here, so it’s always readily available to you. Having your data stored in the GPS also means you can compare data across weeks, months and years.

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Tools to Support Analysis and Interpretation

Unique Learning System offers a wide variety of reports for both teachers and administrators. These reports take data from the GPS and organize it in ways that make analysis and interpretation easy. Trend reports, for example, show areas of high and low performance and can be used to identify where instruction might need to be modified. On the other end of the data cycle, accuracy progression reports can be used to determine whether a modification for a particular skill area was effective.

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Tools for Modifying Instruction

The ultimate goal of any DDDM process is to decide how instruction should be modified to increase student achievement. This might mean trying a new instructional approach or introducing a new strategy. Data teams can find support for modifying instruction in Unique Learning System’s Teacher Reference Materials. Here, Instructional Guides provide research-based strategies for teaching particular skills. These strategies complement the instruction in monthly units by providing additional ways of presenting and differentiating instruction.

Data is a powerful tool, and with Unique Learning System you can use data to increase achievement for all!

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About the Author
Sarah Moore has nearly 20 years of experience in the fields of education and educational publishing. Her content development expertise centers on literacy, early learning, early intervention and differentiated instruction. As a former educator, Sarah takes pride in creating materials that support teachers by allowing them to spend more time teaching. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Kent State University.