Educational Data Mining (called EDM) is an emerging discipline, concerned with developing methods for exploring the unique ty
of data that come from educational settings, and using those methods to better understand students, and the
settings which they
A key area of EDM is mining comput
er logs of student performance.
Another key ar
ea is mining enrollment data.
. As an introduction to this Kiva, let’s go around the room and have each person respond to this question. How eff
a “miner” are you? What are your strengths and weaknesses?
responding to the concerns of the mathphobes
How do you deal with the teacher who doesn’t want/see the need to use data? What types of ways are you increasing the
data flow to y
our teachers/parents/students? Are we too complicated with the way we present our data to
Sources of Data
Places to Mine
In the end, we can collect all the data we want, if it isn’t used by teachaers, it is of little value ex
cept for state compliance.
How useful are the following sites for your teachers?
Secure Data Center
sourced by principals but data given to teachers
CIA Web site (Research page)
spreadsheets color coded for easy download
Success Site (both data and le
ssons on how to use it
Value Added data site
Value Added portal
Quality of Data questions
The state report card
tells use one part of the data (and perhaps the most important part as it’s the public version of how
we did). In many w
ays this data comes through your building, through EMIS, and ultimately appears on the report card.
Accuracy (in particular soon to be real time accuracy) is critical. How prepared are your clerical staff and teaching staff
terms of training and abili
ty to ensure high quality data?
How accurate is the PublicSchoolworks discipline data? How useful is this site?
How “predictive is it really?”
The questions surrounding Value Added scores are many. First, lets discuss what Value Added
How is the Value Added data critical to your building and/or teaching staff? To the district?
How are you anticipating the change in calculation effecting your local report card
How valuable (grades 5
8 only) are the Value Added Golf scores?
Where do those come from?
Improvements for next year/School Improvement Focus
What changes, based on data have you made this year?
What changes, based on preliminary data do you anticipate making next year?