ERIC Number: EJ833436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Reference Count: 2
Looking Deeper into the Data
Reeves, Douglas B.
Educational Leadership, v66 n4 p89-90 Dec 2008-Jan 2009
Few school leaders are experiencing a shortage of data. Most are actually drowning in data, with a wealth of test scores, student demographic information, and an increasing load of "formative" assessment data that may or may not be worthy of the name (Popham, 2008). The challenge is facing both an overabundance of data and a scarcity of information that educators can readily use to make better decisions. In this article, the author relates that his observations in three recent school visits in the western, mid-western, and eastern United States illustrate the point. He provides four tips on how teachers can gain control over the flood of data that threatens to engulf them.
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Decision Making Skills, Decision Support Systems, School Culture, Hypothesis Testing, Theory Practice Relationship, Data, Decision Making
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States