A. Types of Data
B. Data Sources



  1. Differentiate among the four major types of data available to schools.
  2. Use checklists to identify data relevant to assessment, program, student, and perception sources.
  3. Locate available data sources, within school districts and on the Internet.


Identifying and selecting appropriate sources of data can be an overwhelming task. When we think of school-based data, we immediately consider classroom assessments (such as quizzes, lab reports, projects) and standardized tests.  However, there are other relevant types of data that should be considered, such as demographics, perceptions, and process information.

This lesson focuses on identifying types of data that can contribute to school-based decisions. In addition, checklists and resources for data collection will be outlined.