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Data-Driven Decision Making: Implementing Strategies for Student Achievement

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $145

Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

Educators learn how to make data-driven decisions using classroom data to inform their instructional practice, resulting in higher student academic achievement. How many teachers strive to reach a bell curve by the end of a term? While this may be common practice, teachers will learn that the bell curve actually represents teachers’ failure to teach and students’ failure to learn. By capturing and analyzing student data in the form of graphs, charts, and diagrams, educators learn to adapt and focus their instructional strategies to achieve greater student academic achievement. Furthermore, educators learn how to use the tools to make data-driven decisions so that students can achieve higher academic success in less time.


After completing this course, educators will know:

  • The basic structure and philosophy of the LtoJ system
  • The ten root causes of educational frustration
  • The purpose of comparing students’ progress against end-of-the-year expectations
  • How to collect and analyze student data using the following tools:
    • Pareto charts
    • Scatter diagrams
    • Histograms
    • Correlation charts
    • Radar charts
    • Class and student run chart
    • Item analysis
  • How to analyze data to modify instruction for academic success and classroom management
  • How to implement the LtoJ system


• Transcripts, handouts, and PowerPoint presentations

About The Instructor

Sophia Thwaites
Sophia Thwaites

Sophia Thwaites earned her M.A. in Education with a Social Studies concentration from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. She earned her B.A. in History from University of Florida.




**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi. Effective January 1, 2015 the cost of this course will be $199.00.

NOTE: Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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