Develop and maintain a districtwide data system.

Districts should strive to develop and maintain a high-quality districtwide data system to provide stakeholders with information necessary for timely, data-driven decisions. A high-quality system integrates data from multiple sources for reporting and analysis. To meet the needs of a wide range of audiences, a district data system advisory council comprising a variety of stakeholders should be involved in determining the district’s requirements and selecting and implementing the new system. Districts and schools need to secure financial and human resources to develop data protection safeguards and ensure that data are timely, relevant, and useful to educators.

Although districts can benefit from a comprehensive data system, some districts may experience limited resources to purchase or build such a system. Districts are encouraged to seek out collaborations with other districts, local nonprofits or other entities that could assist in obtaining and/or developing a data system. If districts prioritize the use of student data to meet educational improvement goals, a data system needs to also be a priority.

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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...

Sample Material
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04/24/2014
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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
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04/23/2014
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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
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04/23/2014
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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
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04/23/2014
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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
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04/23/2014
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