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Critics: Classroom data walls demoralize students

September 11, 2018


Data-driven educational practices have their benefits, but interpreting that philosophy into data walls, where students can potentially feel embarrassed or defeated by seeing their performance posted publicly, can backfire. As data-driven education models become more popular, critics are raising a variety of cautions.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has increasingly funded states to collect and analyze data about students, ranging from grades to attendance and behavior traits.

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