Resources

Data: The New Stupid

Educators have made great strides in using data.  But danger lies ahead for those who misunderstand what data can and can't do.  This abstract from Education Leadership is a useful report for school leaders who need to learn the do's and don'ts of using data effectively.

Understanding Scale Score

A scale is an arbitrarily established set of numbers used for measurement according to a rate or standard.  Learning to understand scale scores is an essential skill for every educator and this one-page summary created by the New York City Charter School Center can help.

Work Smarter, Not Harder: SMART Goals Keep Key Objectives in Focus

Businesses have long used SMART goals—goals that are Strategic and Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-based, and Timebound as a way to cut through the morass of conflicting priorities and focus their energies on goals that would make a difference to their work. Although SMART goals did not seep into the education lexicon until the 1990s, the power that they bring to school improvement work is the same. SMART goals can focus a school’s or district’s work and determine whether the work is making a difference.  This report suggests ways to make SMART goals work for educators.

SMART Goals, Smart Schools

Setting goals that connect to the classroom and focus on student learning helps educators see, learn from, and communicate their results.  In this abstract from Education Leadership, author Jan O'Neill discusses SMART Goals; setting specific goals that are strategic, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and timebound.

The Effects of New York City's Charter Schools on Student Achievement by Caroline Hoxby, Sonali Murarka, and Jenny Kang (2009)

The latest report from the New York City Charter Schools Evaluation Project compares the academic performance of charter school students with that of their peers who attempted to enroll in charter schools but were not selected in a random lottery. This method allows the researchers to isolate the effect of attending a charter school, without being concerned that factors related to the decision to apply to a charter school are really driving achievement differences.