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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Data Collection Planner: Reviewing the Use of an Existing Data System

This tool aims to facilitate planning for improvement of data systems based on data collected from users. The tool can be used to identify data collection goals and to document decisions made based...

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04/24/2014
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Districtwide Data System Implementation and Staging Questions

Implementing a districtwide data system is a lengthy process that may involve multiple phases. District administrators can use this tool to consider all aspects of the implementation efforts.

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04/24/2014
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Learning Together: Considerations for the Implementation of a Districtwide Data System

This tool outlines a workshop for district and school personnel interested in learning about considerations in implementing a data system. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss...

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04/24/2014
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Protocols to Support Data Use

This sample material is composed of four meeting protocols to guide staff as they work collaboratively to regularly and systematically use data. The meeting protocols address revising action plans,...

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04/24/2014
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Stakeholder Perspectives on Data System Use

Shotwell Middle School (TX) Staff members at a middle school routinely access data through the districtwide data system. This sample material provides an overview of how the different...

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04/24/2014
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Professional Development Assessment Tool

District and school leaders can use this tool to conduct an assessment of the professional development provided to staff for data use. Based on the results of this assessment and through additional...

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04/24/2014
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Data Facilitator/Coach: Activity Log

Data facilitators/coaches or other professionals that provide support for teachers in using data can use this tool to log their daily activities. By tracking daily and/or weekly activities, the...

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04/24/2014
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Learning Together: What Supports Are Needed to Foster a Data-Driven Culture?

This tool provides implementation steps for the facilitator of a workshop about the types of supports that are needed to foster a data-driven culture in schools. The workshop also focuses on ways...

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04/24/2014
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Classroom Instructional Plan

Teachers from one high school collaborate to analyze student benchmark assessment data every six to eight weeks and brainstorm strategies for improving instruction. Teachers use this template to...

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04/24/2014
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Professional Development and Training Expectations

The administrative team at one middle school has a well-articulated approach to differentiating professional development for staff to support the use of data for instructional decision making. This...

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04/24/2014
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Structuring Teacher Collaboration

Administrators and teachers can use this planning tool to review the collaboration times established in the school. The tool can help identify any gaps or overlaps to ensure adequate collaboration...

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04/24/2014
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Creating a Data Plan

This tool can be used as a guide to begin writing a plan for data use that aligns with the school’s and district’s goals for improving student achievement. The plan should articulate how the school...

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04/24/2014
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