The Power of – and Responsibility for – Using Student Data to Improve Educational Outcomes

The following post summarizes my testimony before the Wisconsin Legislature’s Study Committee on School Data. Invited to speak as an expert on the use — and especially the security — of student data, I was honored to provide my comments for the committee’s consideration as they work to focus Wisconsin on using only the most…


Doug Mesecar on October 19, 2016

Personalized Learning Produces Positive Outcomes

“The longer students experience personalized learning practices, the greater their growth in achievement,” according to new research by the RAND Corporation. The report, entitled Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning, is an important contribution to understanding whether personalized learning is producing results and how it is being implemented. With the advent of new technology…


Doug Mesecar on September 28, 2016

Paying for Personalized Learning In The ESSA World: What States & Districts Need to Know

Districts looking to implement personalized blended learning can look to the new federal education law for help. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) strongly encourages personalized educational strategies, including through blended learning, and attempts to ensure more equitable access to technology and digital learning experiences. The ESSA, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, was…


Doug Mesecar on August 1, 2016

Personalized Learning Produces Positive Outcomes

“The longer students experience personalized learning practices, the greater their growth in achievement,” according to new research by the RAND Corporation. The report, entitled Continued Progress: Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning, is an important contribution to understanding whether personalized learning is producing results and how it is being implemented. With the advent of new technology…


Doug Mesecar on July 8, 2016

Data, What is it Good For?

Data, what is it good for? My daughter’s answer, when I recently asked her this question was, “to keep track of things.” Great answer for an 8-year-old, but unfortunately it captures a still-too-common view that data is for measuring and tracking, rather than informing and guiding. Only using data to measure and track is like…


Doug Mesecar on July 5, 2016

2015 Tech EXPO Workshops Announced

The 5th Annual DataCation EXPO is just around the corner. On Thursday, May 14th the CaseNEX-DataCation team will be together in New York City for an all-day event with educational workshops, panels, demonstrations of new products and updates. This is our way of saying thank you to all of our current and potential clients who want to learn…


Eric Miller on April 22, 2015

IO Education School Finds New Use for PupilPath

The already wildly popular student and parent data portal, PupilPath, has been put to good use by World Journalism Preparatory School in New York City. Moving beyond the success that students and parents in the school community have had using the product, the school is going one step further by using the portal for student portfolios. In a recent…


Eric Miller on April 3, 2015

Protecting Student Data and Driving Success

Keeping students’ personal data private (while still using it to drive success) Student data privacy is a hot topic across the country right now. As we move into a more computerized age, most private information is located online and readily accessible. Additionally, as schools gain more technological advances, educators use online student data portals more…


Guest Blogger on January 12, 2015

IO Education Signs Student Data Privacy Pledge

The recent emphasis on the importance of using student data to boost academic achievement is not without contention, and rightfully so. It is unsettling to know that personal information about your child is floating around, potentially landing in self-serving or harmful hands. Parents have every reason to be frightened by this prospect. On the flip…


Guest Blogger on December 5, 2014

How To: Using data to differentiate instruction

What is differentiated instruction? By: Mary Conroy Almada Differentiated instruction is a term in education that gets thrown around quite a bit, but what does it actually mean? To determine what differentiated instruction is, we can start by deciding what it is not. According to TeachThought1, differentiated instruction is NOT: Grouping students by “ability” Incompatible…


Michael Williamson on August 29, 2014

Is the use of personal student data important in education?

1) Is personal student data important in education? We are collecting more student data than ever before. Information like academic performance, attendance trends, behavioral history, and the personal history of each student is readily available. When utilized by an education professional that possesses a deep knowledge of pedagogy, academic content and standards, and experience and…


Michael Williamson on August 15, 2014

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