The Linking Study—First Year Results
Paper Presented by Jonathan Supovitz at AERA, Vancouver, BC April 2012
The Linking Study is funded by the Spencer Foundation of Chicago. The study is based upon the idea that teachers currently receive lots of data on the learning of their students (ie test scores) and are asked to make inferences back to their teaching. However, they receive little or no structured feedback on their teaching which produces the performance of their students. The hypothesis we are testing in the study is that feedback on instruction examined in conjunction with data on student learning is a more powerful condition to improve the quality of subsequent teaching than teacher examination of data on student learning alone.