Teachers are already tracking much more than grades. They identify and track student learning styles, interests, personalities, behaviors, social factors, learning strengths and skill gaps, and turn this classroom data into a plan of action day after day. Some of what teachers track (grades and assessment scores) makes it into formal edutech systems that allow for networked sharing and analysis of data. Much more of it winds up in redundant systems under the control of teachers—homegrown tools that teachers create on their own such as folders, binders or spreadsheets. Few teachers track data in the same way. Hardly any track the feedback moments they share with students and the resulting outcomes of these feedback moments. Most are at a loss to conduct analysis on the data recorded in either the homegrown tools or the more formal systems.
Creation and implementation of teacher-led solutions to tracking teacher-student feedback and resulting student progress can reduce redundancy of systems and processes and help teachers become more results driven. Involving teachers directly in the design, prototyping and testing ensures a deep understanding of teacher process and potentially results in greater acceptance of a new tool.