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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English Class Data Reflection Sheet

High school English teachers use this data reflection sheet after each six-week unit assessment cycle. The audio interview, Using the Three-Week Assessment Cycle, explains the assessment cycle used...

Sample Material
Document
04/23/2014
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District Supports for Data Use

District Supports for Data Use

Sara Ptomey, executive director of curriculum and instruction, discusses the supports provided at the district level for using data. Program directors and skills specialists offer professional...

School Example
Audio
04/23/2014
499 views
Immediate Feedback

Immediate Feedback

Hear Richard Blair, a district leader, explain the components of the districtwide data system. The data system integrates data from state and district assessments and includes components for lesson...

School Example
Audio
04/23/2014
455 views
What Makes a High-Quality Districtwide Data System?

What Makes a High-Quality Districtwide Data System?

Dr. Jeffrey Wayman discusses the characteristics of a high-quality data system: easy to use and understand, expandable, and flexible. Districts should first identify their needs and then select or...

Expert Interview
Video
04/23/2014
560 views
Developing and Maintaining a Districtwide Data System

Developing and Maintaining a Districtwide Data System

As part of a coherent approach to using data effectively, districts need to provide a high-quality data system. A Data System Advisory Council can support the planning, design, and implementation...

Overview
Video
04/23/2014
476 views
It’s Not Something That’s Static

It’s Not Something That’s Static

The principal and department chair at one high school discuss how the staff uses data to develop curriculum. At this high school, staff members consider curriculum development to be an ongoing...

School Example
Video
04/23/2014
575 views
Breaking It Down

Breaking It Down

Listen to two teachers describe the Subgroup Master data spreadsheet used by all teachers at their school. The Subgroup Master helps teachers examine data by breaking it down by class period and...

School Example
Audio
04/23/2014
463 views
Visualizing Data in the Progress Pad

Visualizing Data in the Progress Pad

Listen to a former principal talk about how they quickly visualize classroom data in the Progress Pad. In a room set aside for this purpose, teachers enter student data onto red, yellow, or green...

School Example
Audio
04/23/2014
464 views
Supporting a Culture of Data Use

Supporting a Culture of Data Use

Dr. Jeffrey Wayman explains the importance of providing supports for data use. Schools can build capacity for data use through supports such as a school-based facilitator, well-defined training,...

Expert Interview
Video
04/23/2014
681 views
Supporting Teachers in Understanding and Using Data

Supporting Teachers in Understanding and Using Data

Dr. Ellen B. Mandinach discusses the importance of providing professional development to help teachers learn how to use data. She emphasizes the need for the professional development to be aligned...

Expert Interview
Video
04/23/2014
966 views
Providing Supports That Foster a Data-Driven Culture Within a School

Providing Supports That Foster a Data-Driven Culture Within a School

Schools and districts need to provide supports, such as school-based facilitators, professional development, and structured collaboration time, to help all stakeholders develop the knowledge and...

Overview
Video
04/23/2014
703 views
Carrying Out the Vision

Carrying Out the Vision

Listen to the principal of a middle school talk about carrying out the vision and purpose for data use at her school. Staff members examine data together to align the school curriculum with...

School Example
Audio
04/22/2014
494 views
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