ERIC Number: ED459523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Data-Based Decision-Making. Essentials for Principals[TM].
Jandris, Thomas P.
The standards and accountability movement of the last decade has resulted in the collection of more assessment data about students than ever before. Often, the results from high-stakes tests have been used merely to grade and rank schools and students. A new trend, however, has emerged where school leaders see the power of using these same assessment data to improve instruction at the school, classroom, and student levels. This publication is designed to give school leaders a detailed understanding of assessment so they and their schools can make the best possible use of this tool for educational improvement. Information is included about the "big picture" of assessment today; implementation of an effective schoolwide assessment program; the assessment "process," including aspects such as reflecting on the data and providing interventions based on assessment results; ways to enhance the effectiveness of classroom assessments in providing useful data; the importance of incorporating data into a cycle of continuous improvement; and the use of technology to strengthen the assessment process. The publication ends with a list of Web resources for using assessment data, a list of recommended books and articles, and an assessment glossary. (Contains 99 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administration, Administrator Guides, Data Analysis, Decision Making, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Instructional Improvement, Intervention, Program Implementation
National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1615 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314-3483 (Order #EDBDM, $24.95). Tel: 800-386-2377 (Toll Free); Fax: 800-396-2377 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.naesp.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Service, Arlington, VA.; National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alexandria, VA.