The Data Guidebook for Teachers and Leaders
Tools for Continuous Improvement
- Eileen Depka - Elmbrook Schools
Data-Based Decision Making
Collect multiple forms of data and connect data to improved student achievement!
Are you looking for new ways to use data in the decision-making process? Are you seeking tools that provide better flow-through from data to improved student achievement? Have you ever considered including students in the data-to-improvement cycle? Schools recognize that data is an essential decision-making tool, but it requires teamwork and reflection to reap the maximum benefits. This guidebook offers practical collection and analysis methods and templates as well as tips for building trust and working together.
The Data Guidebook for Teachers and Leaders accentuates the importance of data collection of multiple types, not just from standardized tests, and analysis within any educational setting. In addition to addressing the practical aspects of data usage, the author presents innovative ideas for
- Introducing students to the data analysis cycle
- Helping students learn how data impacts student achievement
- Sharing day-to-day data within departments and schools to improve weekly test scores
- Making data and results accessible to all team members
Data becomes a dynamic tool for change when you learn how to incorporate it into your continuous improvement process.
"At last, a book on data that both teachers and administrators can use to improve student achievement. Her text and user-friendly forms guide veterans and novices through a process that makes data an integral part of teaching and learning."
"This book is full of examples and tools to enhance the use of data within classrooms, schools, and school districts, and can be used by individuals and groups who work within an educational setting, and would like to know more about data and its connection to continuous school improvement."
"Portraying data review as collegial conversation in school teams, Depka provides discussion starters, reflective worksheets, follow-up plans and graphics to guide the team's dialogue."
"Offers a straightforward approach that requires very little statistical experience on the part of the reader. Will be invaluable for educators who are looking for a resource as they 'delve into their own data.'"
Did not provide the depth of knowledge needed to fulfill course objectives