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Local School District in Regional Spotlight

Teachers and Students Use Data to Improve Learning

August 15, 2000

Oak Brook, IL—How is the Creve Coeur school district in central Illinois encouraging students to be active participants in their learning? Find out in the Summer 2000 Issue of NCREL's Learning Point magazine.

NCREL's Learning Point takes readers inside a third-grade classroom where teacher Jami Vance is part of a unique pilot program. The program focuses on a data-driven process called precision teaching. Everyday, students practice and record their performances on academic tasks. Teachers then work with them to adjust the curriculum or classroom instruction based on how well the students improve their learning.

Why is Creve Coeur so concerned with student performance? According to Superintendent Dean Peyton, standardized test scores indicated that students were not achieving in some curricular areas, particularly in math.

"I wasn't looking for data-driven decision making (D3M)," admits Peyton. "I was looking for ways to improve our school and improve the learning of our kids. Along those lines, D3M just made sense."

Creve Coeur began a partnership with the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) and the Illinois Institute of Technology to rethink how they were teaching math and how they could use data to effect positive change.

NCREL's Learning Point magazine is distributed to every principal, school librarian, district superintendent, and educational service agency in its seven-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. NCREL is one of ten research and development laboratories supported in part by the U.S. Department of Education. With nearly 25,000 public and private schools in its region, NCREL serves close to one-fifth of the nation's teachers and students. This not-for-profit organization offers a variety of educational resources based on current research and best practices.



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