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ERIC Number: ED544713
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Tapping into the Power of Longitudinal Data: A Guide for School Leaders
Laird, Elizabeth
Data Quality Campaign
The momentum behind building high-quality data systems to harvest better information about student, school and district performance has never been stronger. To meet the goal of improving student achievement, policymakers and educators need longitudinal data systems capable of providing timely, valid and relevant data. Although "collecting" better data is essential, knowing how to "analyze and apply this information" is just as important. With this knowledge and access to longitudinal data: (1) Teachers can tailor instruction to help each student improve; (2) Administrators can manage more effectively and efficiently; and (3) Policymakers can evaluate which policy initiatives show the best evidence of increasing student achievement. Although the immediate focus of the Data Quality Campaign (DQC) is to assist states in the development of quality longitudinal data systems, the campaign's ultimate goal is to improve student achievement by promoting effective data use. In this guide for school leaders, the author looks at ways teachers and principals can use longitudinal data to meet students' individual needs and improve performance. This is part of a series of guides that demonstrate the power of longitudinal data for specific audiences. To ensure relevance to teachers and principals, the DQC worked with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to identify the most pressing questions facing school leaders today. This guide for school leaders answers these questions with graphs and explanations based on simulated grades created from actual snapshot and longitudinal data from Texas, as well as an example from a "breakthrough" high school in New York. The DQC found a limited number of states that could answer questions based on longitudinal data -- a situation that underscores the need to continue investing in the development and use of these data systems, including providing professional development for educators on how to use longitudinal data. (Contains 10 footnotes and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Data Quality Campaign; National Association of Secondary School Principals
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
IES Cited: ED511638