A. Pose Hypotheses
B. Take Action: Goals, Strategies, and Evaluation


B Take Action: Goals, Strategies, and Evaluation

Although there are many formats and methods that can be used to create an Action Plan, the following steps are recommended:

  1. Develop goals for improvement.
  2. Outline the actions that need to occur.
  3. Specify the resources that will be required (personnel, money, and materials).
  4. List indicators of completion or progress.
Actions Required 
The dropout rate at XYZ High School will decrease by 10%.  Increase school/parent communication. School counselor Decline in dropout rates at XYZ High.
  Decrease roadblocks to student participation in activities. Student activity records. Increase in communication with parents.
Conduct interaction analyses between dropouts and demographics. District demographic database. Increase in student participation in activities.


Another approach to formulating an action plan can be to focus on the questions that Edie Holcomb suggests (from the book, Getting Excited About Data ,  p. 64):

  • What do these data seem to tell us?
  • What do they not tell us?
  • What else would we need to know?
  • What good news is here for us to celebrate?
  • What needs for school improvement might arise from these data?

The following graph illustrates the number of students who were not promoted in Florida for 1997-2002. Using this chart, answer the questions posed by Holcomb.