ERIC Number: ED495348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul-6
Schools and Data: The Educator's Guide for Using Data to Improve Decision Making
Creighton, Theodore B.
Since the first edition of "Schools and Data", the No Child Left Behind Act has swept the country, and data-based decision making is no longer an option for educators. Today's educational climate makes it imperative for all schools to collect data and use statistical analysis to help create clear goals and recognize strategies for improvement. "Schools and Data, Second Edition", focuses on the relevance of statistics in the lives of principals and teachers. Real-life examples and step-by-step procedures for collecting and organizing data provide every school leader with the means to facilitate more appropriate and effective decision making. With a highly practical method for statistical analysis, this comprehensive yet reader-friendly new edition places special emphasis on: (1) Connecting statistics and educators' daily work; (2) Integrating applied technology, including Excel and SPSS software; (3) Strengthening educators' data interpretation skills; (4) Building strong skills in problem analysis, program evaluation, data-driven decision making, and report preparation; and (5) Increasing the focus on correlation and regression. Packed with easy-to-follow instructions, illustrations, and real-world examples that educators can readily understand, this is an essential resource for school leaders who want to create meaningful, data-driven decisions! Following a Preface, Acknowledgments and About the Authors, this book contains thirteen chapters: (1) The Role of Data Analysis in the Lives of School Leaders; (2) Getting Started; (3) Collecting and Organizing Data; (4) Correlation: My GRE Score Is Not Good Enough for Harvard!; (5) Introduction to Regression; (6) Formulating Research Questions and Comparison of Means; (7) The Independent-Samples t Test; (8) Analysis of Variance: The Difference Between Two or More Sample Means; (9) Analysis of Variance: Repeated Measures; (10) Two-Way Analysis of Variance: Two Independent Variables; (11) What If No Mean Scores? The Chi-Square Test for Goodness of Fit; (12) The Other "Q"; and (13) Putting It All Together: An Evidence-Based Practice Field. This book also contains five resources: (1) Music Correlation; (2) The t Distribution Table; (3) The F Distribution Table; (4) The Chi-Square Distribution Table; and (5) Horizon High School Data. This book concludes with References and a Index.
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Program Evaluation, Educational Technology, Decision Making, Data Interpretation, School Statistics, Educational Assessment, Data, Educational Environment, Data Collection, Statistical Analysis, Computer Software, Correlation, Research Methodology, Educational Resources, Educational Practices, Computer Uses in Education
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - General
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001