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ERIC Number: ED534350
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 206
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1248-2900-5
Teacher Use of Data to Guide Instructional Practice in Elementary Schools
Burrows, Debra C.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University
This descriptive study focused on the degree to which data-driven decision making as envisioned by the NCLB legislation was actually occurring in the elementary schools studied. A multi-stage random sample of six Pennsylvania school districts out of 19 located within the service area of Pennsylvania Intermediate Unit #17, one of 29 regional educational service agencies in Pennsylvania, was utilized. A cross sectional survey was developed and administered to 262 teachers in 15 elementary schools. Usable responses were received from a total of 103 (39.3%). A picture emerged of both progress toward NCLB expectations as well as the existence of substantial obstacles which threatened to prevent the attainment of those expectations. Although the teachers studied had access to multiple types of data, they tended to rely on only one. Teachers lacked critical supports such as training, time and procedural guidelines. They made good-faith attempts to engage in data driven decision making but relied almost exclusively on their own conceptions/definitions of what counted as data driven decision making and this called into question the very efficacy of those decisions. The overall conclusion of this study was that teachers in the schools studied, despite their efforts to do so, were unable to engage in data driven decision making as envisioned by NCLB. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001