ERIC Number: ED457546
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Using Data To Bring about Positive Results in School Improvement Efforts.
North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.
This is a guide for integrating data into the school-improvement process. It offers ways to use data to guide administrative and educational decision-making concerning instruction, curriculum, and programming. For those who are not statisticians, the guide can help in using and understanding data. It is based on the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory's Toolbelt Tutorial Web site. How to use data to define problems and needs, how to select improvement strategies and goals, how to initiate change, and how to evaluate students' progress are explained. School-improvement processes are cyclical and continuous with four major activities: developing a plan, implementing the plan, evaluating the impact using specific criteria, and adjusting strategies to better meet criteria. These efforts are best taken collaboratively and reflectively. Educators must provide learning environments that are meaningful and engaging and then must reflect on the quality of their efforts, focusing on ways to make them better. Eight steps are taken in this process: (1) Leadership teams must be developed; (2) Data must be collected and organized; (3) Data must be analyzed for patterns; (4) Hypotheses must be posed for these patterns; (5) Then improvement goals must be set; (6) Specific strategies must be designed; (7) Evaluation criteria must be defined; and (8) the school must make a commitment to implement specific strategies, apply criteria to evaluate attainment of goals, and adjust strategies as necessary to better meet evaluation criteria. (Contains 4 references.) (RKJ)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Instructional Innovation, Models, Research Tools, Theory Practice Relationship
North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, 1120 East Diehl Road, Suite 200, Naperville, IL 60563. Tel: 800-356-2735 (Toll Free).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.