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Sample Data Dashboard

A Data Dashboard is an essential tool for all charter schools.  It enables school leaders to instantly check a variety of metrics and assess where their students are at with respect to standardized testing and attendance among others.  This sample is from Gotham City Charter School.

Creating Data-Driven Schools

Many school districts underutilize one of the most powerful and common symbol systems available to them—numbers—to monitor, evaluate, and revise programs and policies.  In this abstract from Education Leadership, a trio of authors examine new ways for school leaders and teachers to make the most of the data available to them.

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.

SMART Goals Connect a School

School staff are periodically reminded to revisit their SMART goals—goals that are Strategic and Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-based, and Timebound, in order to better assess the student population across learning disciplines.  This article by Jan O'Neill offers useful advice for doing so.

Developing an Inquiry Minded-District

Analyzing data not only helps inform decisions and challenge assumptions, but also helps teachers view their instructional and collaborative practices with a new perspective.  In this abstract from Education Leadership, three schools show how the data-based inquiry and decision-making process can improve decisions about curriculum, instruction, and policy.

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.

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