More data-driven decisions needed in schools - education adviser
Radley Reid, a senior adviser to the education minister says more schools need to be using data as the basis to inform classroom instruction so that they can improve academic performances.
He told The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that in the absence of data-driven decisions, the leadership of some schools are simply guessing.
Reid was reacting to the under-performance of many public schools and the significant improvement of others.
According to the former Campion College principal, schools which continue to record outstanding performances place a lot of emphasis on data which identify weak areas that should get priority attention.
The senior adviser also notes that schools have to examine the ways in which they prepare students for examinations.
He is decrying the common practice in some schools where teachers place heavy emphasis on past papers in their preparation.
Yesterday, The Gleaner reported that despite spending 755 billion on education over the past ten years, Jamaica will not meet the 2015 target of having 60 per cent of students leaving grade 11 with at least five subjects, including mathematics and English.