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ERIC Number: ED464400
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan-21
Pages: 11
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Elementary School Data Analysis.
Badal, Alen
Educational standards are an essential tool for many school districts in their efforts to increase student academic achievement. Elementary school administrators and teachers play a critical role in the process of gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing student data with the goal of creating a meaningful plan to accomplish this goal. This article discusses practical steps in the data-analysis process in elementary schools. Administrators should act as facilitators; that is, as coaches, monitors of instruction, and reviewers of assessments and results created and applied by teachers. The Stanford Achievement Test (SAT 9) is given as an example of a comprehensive, objective means of assessing student academic achievement. Other sources of assessment data are recommended to complement SAT information. Administrators should work with leadership teams in formulating a data-gathering and data-analysis process, and later, to maintain the process. The practical considerations in this article represent processes universally applicable to school districts. External consultants can be used to complement assessment activities, especially considering that they come in with outsiders' points of view. An alternative to external consultants is in-district leadership teams. Ultimately, it is the collaborative efforts of the school-site faculty, facilitated by the administrator, that will make the difference. (RT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Stanford Achievement Tests