ERIC Number: ED485346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
From Vision to Action: How School Districts Use Data to Improve Performance. 3D: Data-Driven Decision Making
Henke, Karen Greenwood
Consortium for School Networking
With the passage of "No Child Left Behind" in 2001, schools are expected to provide a standards-based curriculum for students to attain math and reading proficiency and demonstrate progress each year. "NCLB" requires more frequent student testing with publicly reported results in an effort to close the achievement gap and to inform parents, teachers, administrators of student progress. Meeting these ambitious accountability goals requires transparency in the workings of the organization and the cooperation of everyone involved in the education of each student. These mandates have accelerated change already underway in the nation's schools and in the teaching profession. Leading school districts have developed advanced technological systems and professional expertise for analyzing data to deliver timely information for the improvement of operations and instruction. They have embarked upon a process of using data in decision making at all levels of the organization, borrowing management models from business and from each other. Published in 2003, "Vision to Know and Do: The Power of Data as a Tool in Educational Decision Making" defined a vision for continuous improvement, identified leadership districts creating a climate for change, and reviewed the implementation of systems and processes to enable data-driven decision making (DDDM). "From Vision to Action: How School Districts Use Data to Improve Performance" moves beyond the vision and visits districts that are acting on their data, testing the process, and seeing improvement in student learning. "From Vision to Action: How School Districts Use Data to Improve Performance" is written for school district leaders and K-12 educators who are seeking ways to implement a data-driven decision making process. To understand how pioneer school districts have met the technological and human challenges of DDDM, "From Vision to Action" focuses on three areas of development and action: (1) leading in a learning organization; (2) moving from data collection to analysis to action; and (3) sustaining data-driven decision making.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Decision Making, School Districts, Educational Testing, Student Evaluation, Accountability, Test Use, Data Analysis, Reading Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Academic Standards
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Consortium for School Networking, Washington, DC.