With the shift to computerized testing, tablets in the classroom and digitized personal records, schools are collecting more data than ever on how children are doing, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Now, some educators believe, it's time to put that data to use.

Every answer on a quiz can be analyzed to give teachers a precise picture of what their students have learned. A pattern of wrong answers is no longer just a bad grade; teachers can get clues to why students picked the wrong answer. Publishers can analyze which chapters in their textbooks are working, and which might need revising.

Steven Ross,...

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