ERIC Number: EJ1008373
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
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Data as the Driver
Bechler, Kent L.
School Administrator, v70 n1 p22-26 Jan 2013
In the book "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game," author Michael Lewis describes how the Oakland Athletics, one of the poorest teams in Major League Baseball, became one of the most successful teams by using simple analytical methods that had existed for years but had been largely ignored by the baseball executives. "Moneyball" illustrates that the traditional benchmarks of success for players and teams are imperfect at best, which is why successful teams look for a competitive advantage by conducting business in new ways. Each district selected as a Broad finalist has demonstrated success in closing the achievement gap among poor and minority students as evidenced by traditional data analysis, state test scores and district assessments. These are measurements of what author Patrick Lencioni would refer to as the smart side of the organization. In Corona-Norco, the author and his staff are measuring the smart side of the organization, but they also are measuring what Lencioni refers to as the "healthy side"--the district's culture, collaboration, leadership and values.
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Minority Group Students, Data Analysis, Academic Achievement, Scores, Leaders, Leadership, School Districts, Professional Development, Learner Engagement, Administrators
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