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I am appointed in a UK Curriculum school [newly started] to do the data work. Namely to obtain the data of students performance in term 1, term 2, terms 3 and upload into the website for the parents-teacher benefits. I am supposed to summarise reports for easy reference in the website. Please advise me how to implement a system for teacher/parent benefits on the course and performance of each student, that is even in each subject.

Jun 27, 2014 8:17am

I am appointed in a UK Curriculum school [newly started] to do the data work. I am the only person in the administration wing. I have to take the assistance of the IT department but it is purely my effort to create and finally publish the content of student. Anything that is like the tests, performance, notifications etc should be dealt.

  • K / 11
  • Assessment / Collaboration / Common Core / New Teachers / Planning


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    • Jul 1, 2014 7:55am

      Hi Mary-

      First, it would be important to know which types of assessments will be administered. For example, do all teachers use common assessments with rubrics that have performance levels? If so, it would be beneficial to post information to parents so they can understand the rubrics before the data is posted. Also, parents love to know the purpose and types of assessments that are administered. Sometimes, schools post letters or numbers to quantify student progress, which doesn't provide a lot of information. Once you know what type of data you have, providing some background information to parents about what makes up the grade would be awesome.

      Good luck!

      • Jul 1, 2014 8:18am

        Hi Katie,

        Thank you for your reply. It is certainly helpful. Actually I do not know what is expected of me in UK Curriculum school. I am posted in Data section. I was a teacher in an Indian school before.

        I am getting your point. I have to know what all data is required from the management themselves.

        Take care, Mary

        • Jul 2, 2014 8:30pm

          Sounds to me like your job deals with the organization of data and its presentation. Maybe even acquisition through your IT department. If I were you, I would also touch base with one of the largest school district in the US to know more about data systems? I do my own data analysis through a spreadsheet and that's my system. But on a grander scale, I'd consult with other school districts. Basically, you want to present data in a way that's fair. The bottom line though is that when data is misused, people will find answer to "who's the better teacher" (through standardized test scores), or "which school shows the higher achievement", or "which school is showing the greatest gain" and so on. And then the better question might be "why?". That's where data is limited.

          • Jul 3, 2014 6:00am

            Hi Michael,

            Yes, the data has to be completely foolproof. But accurate and helpful also.

            I need an advice from you. Can you tell me how is data collected from teachers on their lesson plans and assessment etc? How to centralise data from each teacher on each students' performance, lesson plans, assessments , competitions- that is everything that needs to be put by me onto website for all to see, access and work too ?

            Can you tell me what you do, how to do data work and what ALL DATA WORK and from WHERE TO COLLECT? Any samples, spreadsheet formats? Is there any courses I need to do? Actually I am an Indian teacher who taught English in a school in a village before ,where there was limited IT work. Our administration and teaching were all manual. Now my new job is inside a new syllabus [UK]school'] and that too in admin side of which I have no idea.

            Thanking you,Mary

            • Jul 3, 2014 7:01am


              I really don't know how you might do your job. It sounds as though you will need to work in collaboration with your IT Dept. in addition to consulting with your supervisor on a regular basis just to see if you're in the right track? With a district I had the pleasure of working, we had a system and I think you may be alluding to that. It's called the Integrated student information system. Basically a student or a parent may log on to keep track of student attendance, progress, and any behaviour issues. What I don't think it has, at least from my experience with it, is data on effectiveness of teachers lesson plans. It does keep track of student's grades every year till the student graduates. I have used it in order to make informed decisions when I used to write letters of recommendation.

              I can't really speak to the nuts and bolts of any system. But when I look at my classroom data, I try to cross reference my students' level of success (or failure) with a particular standard so that it guides my instruction. Sorry, I can only talk about them but can't tell you how I get the info that comes to us in the form of a spreadsheet. After the compilation of the standardized test results, we pour over it to see how our students have achieved. I would also look into how teachers may collect their own data through grading systems like "Powerschool" and google that too.

              • Jul 3, 2014 7:10am

                Mary, this may help indirectly but it shows how a group of professionals use data in order to gain insight into their own practices as classroom teachers:


                • Jul 4, 2014 4:56am

                  Hi Michael,

                  Thank you so much for your help. I have got much of the information I need from your side.

                  I will work on the same now I have some idea.

                  Take care, Mary