WELCOME TO USING DATA TO MAKE DECISIONS
Making decisions based on data is very common for all of us -- weather reports, grocery prices, stock markets, and doctor's visits all involve data. Yet, in education, we often make many decisions based entirely on supposition and intuition. This course focuses on the advantages and applications of using easily available information to guide us through the selection of instructional strategies, school processes, and educational materials. The underlying premise is that if instructional change is based on data-driven decision making, student learning will increase to a higher level.
Using Data to Make Decisions outlines techniques for collecting and analyzing data. It contains practice exercises, links to relevant articles, and case studies of teachers who are using data in their classrooms. The course is designed to illustrate methods for collecting and analyzing data that do not require complex mathematics.
The course is divided into five lessons, based on the Continuous Improvement Cycle of Plan, Do, Study, and Act. This course can be used as a "self-study" or it can be used for continuing education units (if your district has a facilitator). Each lesson contains sample assessments along with multiple activities.. At the end of the course, a survey will be available.
School Improvement Cycle
Types of Data
Steps in Proficiency Analysis