The Data Chat Program
In an era of increasing responsibility for student achievement outcomes, how are colleges and universities changing their teacher preparation programs to adapt to the changing needs of the field? Recent public policy and research aimed at addressing student achievement accountability in education may make it prudent for teacher education programs to explicitly address data literacy as a valid outcome for their graduates. At Texas Woman’s University, we have created an instructional module to explicitly teach our Instruction and Assessment students (EDUC 4113) how to read, analyze and interpret standardized testing data for instructional interventions.
The Data Chat is an instructional intervention whose purpose is to give teacher education candidates experience in interpreting local data at the classroom level and providing interventions based upon that data. The Data Chat has several key sequential elements: