The Promise of Learning Analytics: Using Data to Drive Student Outcomes

Schools have long relied on student data as a tool for making decisions about students, curriculum, instruction, assessment strategies, and more. For decades, though, school had to use rudimentary methods to collect and analyze data—a tedious, labor intensive process that yielded very little useful information.

Now, though, thanks to student data systems, teachers and administrators have a wealth of valuable information at their fingertips—smart data they can use to make informed decisions. The challenge districts now face is how to turn that data into actionable intelligence.

In this special report, sponsored by Dell, THE Journal outlines ways schools can use data analytics to personalize learning and instruction and drive student outcomes. The plan includes an overview of potential roadblocks with recommendations for successfully overcoming them.

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