It’s all in the Data

It’s all in the data. This embrace of numbers has created an explosion of data driven methods for learning. Private institutions and public policy have spawned ideas such as data teams, common assessments, and feedback driven curriculum based on statistics. At the same time, the increasing burden to understand and implement those ideas falls to teachers while parents and students are often left feeling helpless.

Standards and expectations will continue to change at an ever increasing rate, and while those changes may be both good or bad, the struggle for educators, parents, and students will be to meet those ever changing objectives in an effective way. While specific standards and desired outcomes will continue to be debated, the greatest challenge lies in their complexity and fidelity of implementation. Overcoming that complexity requires a polished system which incorporates prompt feedback and simple tools to improve the learning process.

Instead, what we’ve mostly seen are requirements and platforms outpaced only by their confusion and intricacy. Most parents, teachers, and administrators already struggle with using data to improve the learning process or measure the quality of education, and when effective methods of data use are discovered, positive outcomes are often reduced due to improper application.

What’s needed to address the above problems is a one-stop-shop for curriculum, grading, feedback and reinforcement. USATestprep’s revolutionary platform is one answer to the challenge and does just that by making data implementation and instant feedback simple and effective. It’s a platform that offers curriculum resources unique to each school and developed by teachers.

This isn’t simple rhetoric either. A three-year application of USATestprep in one school district demonstrated year-over-year improvements in student test scores. Administrators attributed that increase to USATestprep’s unique integration of education and technology.

USATestprep allows parents and students instant feedback on skills. If a student is failing in a skill, that deficit is highlighted and all parties are alerted to those areas. The use of technology, videos and responsive software, adds relevance to program and increased both buy-in and excitement from students. As most parents and teachers will say, relevance is a key component that is often lacking in many learning environments.

With an ever growing list of requirements for students and teachers, and with an explosion of complex and often unproven learning platforms, it’s refreshing to find one that combines simplicity with fun, relevant, and effective tools for learning.

Roy Huff

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