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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Earning Trust

Earning Trust

A principal discusses the culture of trust established at the school. The principal emphasizes the importance of earning trust, building strong communications, and working collaboratively. Because...

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04/22/2014
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You Can’t Hide From Data

You Can’t Hide From Data

Hear a principal describe the schoolwide vision for data use and accountability. This high school has a well-established schoolwide vision for data use and staff holds each other accountable for...

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04/22/2014
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Establishing a Common Understanding

Establishing a Common Understanding

Listen to an academic director from a high school illustrate how her school defines key concepts encompassing the school’s vision for data use including data, mastery, proficiency, and achievement....

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04/22/2014
436 views
Collaborative Structures for Data Use

Collaborative Structures for Data Use

Dr. Richard Halverson discusses the importance of integrating a data use plan with the school’s overall approach to charting progress and setting goals. A data team can facilitate plan...

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04/22/2014
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Establishing a Clear Vision for Schoolwide Data Use

Establishing a Clear Vision for Schoolwide Data Use

Establishing a whole-school culture of data use helps all stakeholders make thoughtful, consistent, and appropriate data-based decisions. Schools can develop a data plan and team to guide the use...

Overview
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04/22/2014
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Go Back and Reflect

Go Back and Reflect

Listen to a language arts teacher at a middle school describe the Data Analysis Booklets that students are required to complete. Students are asked to go back and reflect on their test answer...

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04/22/2014
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Taking Ownership

Taking Ownership

Teachers at this high school use student portfolios to teach students how to analyze data, set learning goals, and track their own academic progress. To view an example of how students use the tool...

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04/22/2014
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Data Boards Help Students Set Learning Goals (Part 2)

Data Boards Help Students Set Learning Goals (Part 2)

View a sixth-grade teacher modeling a goal-setting conference with a student. Together they review his scores and set a new goal. Students record their goals in the sample material, Student Goal...

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04/22/2014
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Data Boards Help Students Set Learning Goals (Part 1)

Data Boards Help Students Set Learning Goals (Part 1)

A sixth-grade teacher explains how their school uses data boards. View the sample material, Student Goal Setting Worksheet, that students complete as they set their own goals for improving their...

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04/22/2014
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Helping Students Gain Ownership Over Their Learning

Helping Students Gain Ownership Over Their Learning

Dr. Supovitz discusses how teachers can help students gain ownership over their learning by teaching them to examine their achievement data and set goals. To do this, teachers can provide clear...

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04/22/2014
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Teaching Students to Examine Their Own Data

Teaching Students to Examine Their Own Data

Students can learn to examine their own data, monitor their progress, and set learning goals when teachers set clear expectations, provide explicit feedback, and give students tools to understand...

Overview
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04/22/2014
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Helping Struggling Students by Using the SAT Process

Helping Struggling Students by Using the SAT Process

Hear a principal describe how staff work to remove barriers to student learning through its Student Assistance Team (SAT) process. Teachers are able to intervene quickly and support struggling...

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04/22/2014
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