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ERIC Number: EJ793538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0192-592X
On the Road to DDDM
Schaffhauser, Dian
T.H.E. Journal, v35 n4 p40-42, 44, 46 Apr 2008
Two school districts--Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Plano Independent School District in Texas--have undertaken ambitious initiatives in recent years to introduce data-driven decision-making into their operations. Although each has struggled with different obstacles, both have progressed beyond the initial two stages on the DDDM continuum, where issues of planning and funding are fleshed out and purposes are defined, and now reside at the middle rungs, stages 3 and 4, where data is gathered, organized, and interpreted. In the case of CPS, getting the data into a condition where people would actually believe it--and rely on it--has required massive restructuring of the main applications upon which the district relies. Plano, on the other hand, had a more difficult time deciding whether it should go with systems that district people would be comfortable using, or make a leap of faith by turning to a product outside of the educational field. How the districts chose to resolve these issues would be sure to go a long way toward determining in what shape and with what degree of success they would move on to stages 5 and 6, where data begins to drive decision-making and the outcomes of those decisions are judged.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Texas