Establish a clear vision for schoolwide data use.

Principals need to convey a clear schoolwide vision for using data to guide instructional decision making. A strong culture of data use is critical to ensuring routine, consistent, and effective data-based decision making. Principals can form a data team that serves as a team of advisors on data use throughout the school. The data team can represent a range of stakeholders such as an administrator, two to three teachers across different grade levels or content areas, one to two classroom support professionals such as a coach or special education teacher, and a district-level staff member who works with data. The composition of a data team is likely to vary depending on needs, objectives, and staffing and other school constraints. A data team comprising an assortment of stakeholders can solicit input from and work with the entire school community. A data team may write the school plan describing how the school will use data to support schoolwide goals and defining key concepts critical to teaching and learning (e.g. achievement, data, evidence, collaboration). However, a data team does not hold staff accountable for using data, supervise the data-related activities, or provide expert advice. Rather, they can provide leadership through modeling the use of data.

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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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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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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...

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04/22/2014
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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
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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...

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04/22/2014
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