ERIC Number: EJ811440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Critical Issues in Using Data for Decision-Making
Shen, Jianping; Cooley, Van E.
International Journal of Leadership in Education, v11 n3 p319-329 Jul 2008
Based on their experience of direct work with 16 principals in a midwest state in the USA, collaborative work with the state department of education and the major state-level professional associations and universities in the same state, and other state-level initiatives across the USA, the authors discuss eight critical issues concerning data-informed decision-making: (a) an overemphasis on achievement data based on standardized tests, (b) data "of" learning vs "for" learning, (c) the need to intersect student achievement data with other streams of data, (d) the need to improve the technological infrastructure for data analysis in school districts, (e) the politics of data, (f) the role of university teacher education and administrator preparation programs in the movement of data-informed decision-making, (g) the function and role of data in the educational process, and (h) the limitations of data-informed decision-making in improving the educational system.
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Standardized Tests, Educational Change, Professional Associations, Data Analysis, Decision Making, School Districts, Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001