“Decision-makers need to gain a better understanding of what good teaching is and how it leads to better learning. This is where [small data] become important….In education, these small clues are often hidden in the invisible fabric of schools. Understanding this fabric must become a priority for improving education.”
— Pasi Sahlberg, Harvard GSE

Insights from "Small Data"

Data is critical to improving education outcomes - but it's not big data that makes a difference for students. Starting with the No Child Left Behind Act and further driven by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), there are now mountains of data available and yet there has been no significant improvement in outcomes. Teachers, school leaders, and policy makers are taking note and increasingly turning to “small data”, or small clues that uncover huge trends. 

Each day, classrooms across the country produce an enormous variety of student work that is more dynamic and less formulaic than ever before, enabled by new mediums, a shift away from one-size-fits-all models, and rigorous standards which increasingly emphasize open response, critical thinking, and analysis. There is an urgent demand for schools to effectively use this small, student-specific data to respond to student learning needs. Analysis of classroom-level performance items has the power to meaningfully improve teaching and learning in a way that big data cannot. 

Teachers and school leaders utilize our detailed student performance reports to more effectively differentiate instruction, personalize learning, and guide decision making. With the support of a Graider, teachers are better equipped to meet individual student needs across a wide range of ability levels. This data-driven, student-centered approach is the most effective way to engage and support every child.