While evidence-informed decision making is vital to inform classroom practice, it helps no one if teachers and school leaders find themselves enslaved by a never-ending cycle of data collection and analysis.
As part of the QTU’s drive to stamp out unnecessary workload, why not take a look around you in your school and see if you can identify any data-driven tasks that waste time or aren’t worth the time and energy that goes into them?
The Joint Statement on the Purpose and Use of Data in Queensland Schools (https://www.qtu.asn.au/js-data) was negotiated by the QTU to give members clarity on what is required, and more importantly, what is not. It states that schools should develop, in consultation with teaching staff (including the local consultative committee (LCC) in schools required to have one), a data plan which documents the approach to data that will be taken in the school.
Ask yourselves the following questions, and if the answer to any of them is no or contradicts the contents of the joint statement, consider what action you can take to secure the necessary changes.
- Does our school have a data plan?
- Does the data plan identify what data is necessary to inform teaching and practice and school improvement?
- Does the data plan identify how and when the data is to be collected and by whom?
- Have we agreed on how data is to be stored, represented, tracked and monitored?
- Do we know who has access to the data that we use?
- Have resources been allocated to the priorities identified by the data?
- How was agreement on the data plan reached?
Check out www.qtu.asn.au/workload-entitlement-checklist for more suggestions of ways to tackle workload.
Uploaded 26 February 2020