When teachers and administrators have access to comprehensive student data and an understanding of what the information all means, they are better able to make decisions that meet the needs of individual students and the school community as a whole. But what does it mean to effectively use data?

This collection explores how educators can use data to guide them as they refine teaching and learning by making data use part of an ongoing improvement cycle and encouraging student data use for self assessment and goal setting. While data use in the classroom is a start, it's important to develop a shared understanding of why and how data use is prioritized. Administrators and teachers need to buy into a schoolwide vision for data and work together to foster a data-driven culture. All of these practices work best when supported by a well-maintained system for collecting, maintaining and sharing districtwide data.

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making.

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Creating a Data Team

Creating a data team can help to establish a clear vision for schoolwide data use. School leaders can use this tool as a guide to help them determine who among their staff would be best suited to...

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04/24/2014
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Learning Together: What Is a Data-Driven Vision?

A school’s data team can educate school staff about the school’s vision for data use by having workshops or meetings focused on developing the capacity of all staff to use data. This tool provides...

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04/24/2014
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Department Collaboration

As part of a vision for data use, one middle school implements specific strategies for collaboration to use data to support instructional decision making. This sample material delineates the...

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04/24/2014
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Teacher Self-Assessment: Supporting Students' Use of Data

When teachers help students use their own data to set goals, students feel a sense of ownership over their learning. Educators can use this tool to assess their practices for helping students use...

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04/24/2014
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Planning for Student Self-Assessment

Teachers can use this tool to plan strategies for student self-assessment. The tool provides various strategies, explains the benefits of each, and gives an example of how the strategy could be...

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04/24/2014
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Learning Together: Supporting Student Self-Assessment

This tool provides an outline for a workshop focused on the importance of teaching students to use data to examine progress and set learning goals for themselves. Several structures for discussion...

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04/24/2014
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Student Objective Analysis - The Cutting of My Long Hair

Students at one high school use data from their assessments to conduct an item analysis. This sample template is used to analyze results of an assessment on the story, The Cutting of My Long...

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04/24/2014
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Analyzing Your PSAT Score Report

Students in ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades from one high school complete this tool by analyzing their own PSAT data and by identifying areas of improvement. The content to this tool varies...

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04/24/2014
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Research Plan Product Guide and Grading Rubric

All core subject teachers in a ninth-grade school develop product guides and rubrics to communicate expectations and assessment criteria. View this sample material to see an example used in...

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04/24/2014
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Jacob Hiatt Portfolio Philosophy and Table of Contents

Students and teachers refer to this document in describing the purpose and contents of the student portfolios. View the slideshow, Engaging Students in Data Use Through Student Portfolios, to learn...

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04/24/2014
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Response to Intervention Student Exit Survey and Reflection

Shotwell Middle School (TX) When students at one middle school exit an intervention, they complete this exit survey and reflection. This sample material complements Go Back and Reflect and...

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04/24/2014
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Academic Goal Reflection Template

Students from one high school use this sample template to analyze data, reflect on their progress toward goals, identify areas for improvement, and write reflections. This template has two...

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04/24/2014
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