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ERIC Number: ED494076
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Practices That Support Data Use in Urban High Schools. Research Brief
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
This Research Brief provides a summary of the following study: Lachat, M. A., & Smith, S. (2005, July). Practices that support data use in urban high schools. "Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk," 10(3), 333-349. The Brief describes the methodology, suggestions for school improvement, and challenges identified in the study. An overall assessment the study and a brief list of resources conclude the document. The study examines how five low-performing, high-poverty urban high schools in three school districts used data to inform school improvement. The data collected over a four-year period included such documents as education improvement plans; field notes taken during data analysis meetings at schools; and interviews with administrators, teachers, and school data teams. After analyzing the information gathered during the school visits, authors Mary Ann Lachat and Stephen Smith produced a report that outlines the factors that promote or inhibit the use of data to monitor progress as well as the policy implications. This Brief concludes that the bottom line behind the study and its effectiveness is that it does not address the important step of moving from understanding data to acting on the information. But the authors are clear: "Teachers are better able to modify their instructional strategies when they have current information about the skill levels and proficiencies of their students" (p. 335). Having access to data from a variety of sources in a timely manner--and using it constructively--can lead to more appropriate instruction in the classroom and higher achievement for students. [This document was produced by The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, administered by Learning Point Associates in partnership with the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) and WestEd, under contract with the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education.]
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
IES Cited: ED555739