ERIC Number: ED449186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The State's Role in Supporting Data-Driven Decision-Making: A View of Wyoming.
This study: (1) examined the role of state policies and programs in facilitating and encouraging the use of data in decision-making at the school and district levels across the state of Wyoming; and (2) identifies ways in which the state can increase and improve the use of data-driven decision-making (DDDM) in districts and schools. The study methodology was a combination of a literature review and semistructured interviews with officials at the state and district levels. Three clear roles for states in DDDM emerge from the literature and the interviews: (1) creating a policy structure to support and encourage DDDM; (2) provision of data; and (3) building capacity to use data. Data must be placed in context to have meaning. One way to do this is to compare results with predetermined expectations such as standards, and another is to compare a school or district with other similar schools or districts. The third source of context is to examine a school's or district's performance over time. Wyoming has an extensive policy structure for supporting DDDM. The state assessment system provides data for schools to discuss, and the accreditation program and its required school improvement plans provide incentives for schools to examine data. Some potential areas for DDDM action are outlined. (Contains 1 figure, 1 table, and 26 references.) Appendix A is an annotated bibliography of DDDM Resources. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrators, Data Analysis, Decision Making, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Interviews, State Programs
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, Aurora, CO.
Identifiers - Location: Wyoming