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Released: September 2009
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This guide offers five recommendations to help educators effectively use data to monitor students’ academic progress and evaluate instructional practices. The guide recommends that schools set a clear vision for schoolwide data use, develop a data-driven culture, and make data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement. The guide also recommends teaching students how to use their own data to set learning goals.
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Make data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement.
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Teach students to examine their own data and set learning goals.
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Establish a clear vision for schoolwide data use.
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Provide supports that foster a data-driven culture within the school.
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Develop and maintain a districtwide data system.
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Education Levels:
  • Elementary
  • Middle Grades
  • High School
Audience:
  • Administrator
  • Policymaker
  • Researcher
  • School Specialist
  • Teacher

This practice guide was prepared for the WWC by Mathematica Policy Research under contract ED-07-CO-0062.

The following research staff contributed to the guide: Cassie Pickens Jewell, Emily Sama-Miller, and Sarah Wissel.

  • Laura Hamilton (Chair)
    RAND Corporation
  • Richard Halverson
    University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • Sharnell S. Jackson
    Chicago Public Schools
  • Ellen Mandinach
    CNA Education
  • Jonathan A. Supovitz
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Jeffrey C. Wayman
    The University of Texas at Austin

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