Data coaches get high grades from teachers in new survey

By Amy Cherry 4:10pm, September 6, 2013 - Updated 10:15am, September 7, 2013
An annual survey by the Delaware Department of Education finds success in data coaches.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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The survey finds teachers give one of the state's signature Race to Top initiatives high marks.

Data coaches got better grades in their second year in Delaware schools according to the Professional Learning Community Participant Survey.

Christopher Ruszkowski with the state Department of Education tells WDEL now the initiative has begun winding down.

"The intent was always for the data coaches to roll off after two years. We have data coaches now continuing to work with 40 schools for a third year because those districts and schools asked for it," says Ruszkowski.

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The state's plan required all core content teachers in all schools meet in small groups of six to ten people for 90 minutes a week analyzing student data and using it to shape instruction.

"It's paying dividends for our students and then from our educator feedback from our educators as well," he says.

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As hoped, he says teacher leadership in the other schools has taken the reigns and now they look at data to guide instruction for next week, next month, and even next year.

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