ERIC Number: ED452220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The Call for Data-Driven Decision Making in the Midwest's Schools: NCREL's Response.
Cromey, Allison; van der Ploeg, Arie; Masini, Blase
This report describes the efforts of the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) during the last several years to respond to direct requests from educational stakeholders to help integrate data into their decision-making processes related to school improvement. In some cases, NCREL cooperated in the development of educational decision-making tools, and in others, NCREL began by helping teams of practitioners use data to reinforce their curricular and instructional decisions. This work has created the platform from which NCREL will launch a significant portion of its work over the next 5 years. It has also contributed to the development of a portfolio of decision-making tools, initially conceived as a "21st Century Evaluation Portfolio" and later reframed as a collective Web site of data-driven tools called the "NCREL Toolbelt." Some examples are given of NCREL's efforts in adding value to Tier III assessment data, the data collected from standardized, large-scale assessments, in Illinois and Wisconsin. Tier I data, ongoing classroom assessment data, has been the focus of NCREL efforts in Creve Coeur, Illinois. NCREL has also worked on curriculum mapping and the use of the General Topic Tracing Map, a data collection tool used in the Third International Mathematics and Science study. NCREL's new signature effort, Education Decision Support Systems, has emerged from these efforts, and its goal will continue to be making data more available and useful for educators. Two appendixes describes the development chronology for two NCREL efforts. (Contains 4 figures, 1 table, and 16 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Decision Making, Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, School Districts, Systems Development
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), 1900 Spring Road, Suite 300, Oak Brook, IL 60523. Tel: 630-571-4700; Fax: 630-571-4716.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.