TEDx Talk by Jenny Rankin: Why Data Should Be Over-The-Counter

Written by Illuminate Education on February 26, 2016

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When you seek medicine from your local pharmacy, finding and administering the right remedy typically proves easy. That’s because these products contain “Use As Directed” instructions and other key components making it simple for customers to use them without the need for assistance from an expert. But what if a similar strategy were adopted within the field of education? Could an over-the-counter approach translate to improved universal understanding of student assessment data?

That’s what Dr. Jenny Grant Rankin – a longtime educator who served as Chief Education & Research Officer for Illuminate Education– sought to find out. In her speech at a recent TEDx event, Dr. Rankin discusses her research regarding how design enables us to communicate data so that it’s better understood, and details her publishing of a set of data reporting standards. When educators succeed with establishing over-the-counter data, they break down traditional barriers to data comprehension and create a type of fluency with data design language that can have a profound effect on student achievement.

View the 18 minute TEDx Talk here:


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