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Data-Driven Students: Increasing Student Accountability in the Classroom

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Participate and share : Interactive session

Dr. Jennifer Potts  
This session will present strategies that I have used in my own classroom to engage students in data analysis in order to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning. Attendees can expect to learn strategies that they can take back and implement in their own classrooms and schools.

Audience: Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel
Topic: Assessment/evaluations/use of data
Grade level: 3-5
Subject area: Math
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

• Participants will learn how to develop their own student data portfolio using Google Sheets.
• Participants will become familiar with student data-conferencing strategies.


This presentation would consist of an overview of the strategies and documents used by my fifth grade team to help students become more data-driven.
• 15 minutes: I would share the student data portfolio created by my team in Google Sheets to help students track their test scores and online lesson progress.
• 15 minutes: I would also share the format of our data conferences and goal-setting sessions as well as conference forms.
• 15 minutes: Attendees would be given an opportunity at the end of the session to brainstorm in their teams about what might work for them and begin developing a plan for implementation.

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Dr. Jennifer Potts, Eastwood Elementary School

Jennifer Potts is a 5th grade teacher who has worked in public schools in the state of West Virginia for the past 12 years. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education, an M.A. in Gifted Education, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Management and Leadership. Her dissertational research explored how elementary educators use data to drive instructional decision-making. Her research interests include data-driven teaching and engaging students in data-use.

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