One school has raised the following issue after rolling over to 2008.
Who makes the decision to delete data?
1. The school is the custodian of the data (see Disclaimer). Hence it is not for me to remove any data, although I have begun removing students who has clearly left (e.g., Year 7, 8 and 9 students who are not in this year's SACS data from Primary Schools).
The value of old data
2. Much of the previous years' data is valuable and should be kept as an
indication of progress or otherwise:
An accurate history can be important
3. It is common for families to claim that 'we never had this sort of problem
before'. Keeping the data from previous years is useful for bringing
4. In schools that hyperlink to important documents, removing the previous years' data would also remove the links to these documents.
'Filtering out' the old
5. The Observations 30 day (tab) view provides a snapshot of the student's current situation and is strongly recommended as the main view for working with the students, teachers and families regarding what happening now!! In a sense, this view 'demotes' older data, but the older data is still available, if and when needed.
Keeping past commitments and understandings
6. Bringing forward all data is the simplest way to ensure that plans and
commitments made in previous years are not lost nor overlooked.
8.. and so on....
Moving from the negative to the objective
So there is a lot to think about. And only the school can make the decision that is right for the student in the school.
When schools start using the Planner they tend to focus on 'behavioural
incidents'. As a result they tend to see the Planner contents as
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