ERIC Number: ED419571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
At Your Fingertips: Using Everyday Data To Improve Schools.
Levesque, Karen; Bradby, Denise; Rossi, Kristi; Teitelbaum, Peter
This book discusses how to use everyday data to create strategies for educational improvement in schools. It provides users with a process for building a performance indicator system, identifying the most important aspects of a school's innovational efforts and traps to avoid that may lead to misinterpretation of data. The introduction identifies reasons and processes for developing a performance indicator system. The next section, "Getting Started," discusses how to assemble a team of education stakeholders, and explains the benefits of collaborative work as opposed to individual efforts. The following sections discuss the various steps in creating a performance indicator system and utilizing educational data, including: (1) establishing goals; (2) identifying related outcomes, practices, and inputs; (3) determining data sources and indicators; (4) examining the data; (5) setting performance targets; and (6) monitoring performance over time. Each section provides worksheets for user input, with duplicate worksheets at the end of the book. Appendices include a discussion on stakeholder groups, a sample invitation letter and agenda, and resources for developing new data sources and data collection instruments. Contains 43 references. (YKH)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Interpretation, Educational Assessment, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Educational Objectives, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Needs, Partnerships in Education, Performance Based Assessment
MPR Associates, Inc., Center for Curriculum & Professional Development, 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 800, Berkeley, CA 94704; phone: 800-677-6987 ($39.95 plus tax plus 10% shipping and handling; volume discounts available).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.; National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.; American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.