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Can Data Make You a Better Teacher?

Terri L. Renner had long wondered what made some of her students succeed more than others.

Maybe, thought Renner, a senior lecturer in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University at Bloomington, it was a question of preparation. Because her course in health-care finance involves accounting, she expected that students who previously took classes in that subject would do well in hers — but a quick review showed no clear correlation. So what, exactly, did prepare students best for rigorous quantitative courses?