Education

New Canaan schools use big data to make small changes

The message at the Oct. 21 Board of Education meeting was that the district is using big data to customize the way it teaches students.

Whereas in the past, educators might have had to tailor their teaching methods based on their overall ideas about how students performed on the last test or how engaged they were in class, but these days, teachers and administrators can sit down and point to precise percentages, individual performances and recognized patterns over time, thanks to the amount of data coming in from standardized tests.

Over the summer, the district receives the students’ grades as well as school benchmark tests and teacher assessments.

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