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While most schools track data of some kind, a school that is truly data-driven goes way beyond typical efforts and uses data to achieve real progress in student achievement and school performance. Here's a video that takes you to a data-driven school district to show how data gathering and analysis is a required step to achieve desired results.
This up-close tour introduces key elements of data-driven school improvement:
Video scenes show how teachers, administrators, and students take an active role in collecting and analyzing data. Teachers demonstrate how they use data to spot achievement gaps, identify instructional improvements, and analyze the effects of improvement efforts. And school leaders explain how they create staff buy-in to the process and share data throughout the district.
Show this video to school improvement and teacher teams to highlight the positive impact of data-driven school improvement, and introduce audiences to methods that ensure data gathering and analysis provide direction and lead to decisions that are more likely to produce higher student achievement.
(ASCD DVD, 2006) One 35-minute DVD with a comprehensive viewer's guide.
Also available on videotape!
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