Edutopia consulting online editor Rebecca Alber in this blog post suggests ways teachers can use student data as a resource for their teaching practices. In the classroom, teachers can collect student data as formative assessments through exit slips, quizzes or a simple thumbs up or thumbs down, Alber suggests. Teachers can use data from students' cumulative files to gain a better understanding about their lives, while testing data can be useful in setting individual student goals and creating student groups, among other things, she writes.

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