A Tale of Two Schools' Data

Two teachers are about to get their first look at their schools' student achievement reports. Although they teach in different districts, Joseph and Zindzi have been leading parallel teaching lives for a number of years. They both teach mathematics in schools of similar size, ethnic composition, and socioeconomic demographics.  Read this fascinating report to find out what happens.

Data-Informed Leadership in Education

An argument can be made that educational leaders have always had “data” of some kind available to them when making decisions intended to improve teaching and learning. Effective leaders gathered whatever information they could readily access, and then drawing on accumulated experience, intuition, and political acumen, they chose the wisest course of action to pursue.

Achieving with Data

This study shows how high-performing school systems use data to improve instruction for elementary students.  In this report,  the work of four school systems that were identified as leaders in data-driven decision making are captured.  This study included two mid-size urban school districts and two nonprofit charter management organizations (CMOs). All of these school systems have records of improving student achievement over time.