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ERIC Number: ED497512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 134
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Forum Curriculum for Improving Education Data: A Resource for Local Education Agencies. NFES 2007-808
National Forum on Education Statistics
This publication is a curriculum designed to support the training by qualified instructors of K-12 school and district staff about the issues pertaining to the production of high-quality education data. It builds on the "Forum Guide to Building a Culture of Data Quality: A School & District Resource," published by the National Center for Education Statistics in November 2004 (ED483079). It provides lesson plans, instructional handouts, and resource materials. The goal of the curriculum is to present the concepts necessary to help schools develop a culture for improving the quality of their data and to provide opportunities for participants in training sessions to practice some of the skills required for such an effort. Many of the instructional activities and resource materials are designed to enable participants to take an informed lead in the discussions and planning needed to encourage such a culture in their districts and schools. This curriculum is based on the assumption that instructors using these materials are familiar with many, if not all, of the topics covered. The lesson plans and instructional materials are designed to assist a knowledgeable instructor in delivering effective professional development to other local education agency (LEA) staff by providing a coherent framework and specific activities for teaching. They do not constitute a textbook with which an uninformed individual can teach himself or herself the content. Although each lesson plan describes activities in a specific order and includes handouts and resource materials referred to in the lesson, neither the organization of the lessons nor the inclusion of particular materials in each lesson should restrict instructors. Each lesson plan provides: a general description of the lesson; a list of the lesson objectives; the lesson's essential learnings; some introductory materials; suggested activities to meet the lesson's objectives; and (usually) a summary activity or description. All handouts referred to as Lesson Resources in a given lesson are included as part of this document, though some may be found in other lessons. Items listed as Supplementary Resources can be found on the enclosed CD or downloaded according to the directions in Appendix C. Individual lesson plans might take from one to two hours to deliver and can be combined into half-day or full-day workshops as the needs of the participants dictate. Part I, Foundational Data Improvement Lessons, contains materials designed to introduce the important concepts for creating a culture of quality data to all LEA staff members who affect the production of quality data. Part II, Data Steward/Coordinator Lessons, provides materials for those staff members responsible for overseeing the quality of an LEA's data. Appendix A, Glossary, lists terms used in this curriculum and others commonly found in other documents pertaining to school data. Appendix B, Downloading Lesson Plans and Lesson Resource Files, lists Web links to modifiable files of the lesson plans and instructional materials used in this curriculum. Appendix C, Downloading Supplementary Resources, provides lists of print materials and websites that can be used to supplement lessons in this curriculum and URLs that link to those resources, organized by lesson. [Accompanying CD is not available from ERIC.]
National Forum on Education Statistics. 1990 K Street NW Room 9095, Washington, DC 2006. Fax: 202-502-7475; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Forum on Education Statistics (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
IES Funded: Yes