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Holyoke School Superintendent Defends Data Walls

Dr. Paez

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WGGB) — The use of data walls in Holyoke schools first surfaced about a month ago and it’s still an issue.

Data walls are charts that track student performance as in reading levels and doing assignments. Superintendent Dr.  Sergio Paez defended their use on “40 in the Morning” Thursday. He still believes data walls are a useful classroom tool to let teachers know where students stand and let students know where they need to be in the classroom. Paez said they’re a classroom option, not a requirement. But he has a bigger concern, adding, “It’s not  a privacy issue.We know posting students names, they’ve been circulating some information that’s supposed to be private and I’m concerned and actually investigating who’s releasing that information to the media because that’s the privacy we should be protecting.  But some people have released that information and I think that’s more serious for me as a superintendent that someone is leaking that information.”

And Paez reasserts that data walls are really a strategy, not a program. He says they’re being used effectively across the country to track student progress.

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