Published Online: December 1, 2008
Published in Print: December 3, 2008, as Data-Driven Instruction

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Data-Driven Instruction

“Acting on Data: How Urban High Schools Use Data to Improve Instruction”

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A new studyRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader examines how teachers at four “pioneering” urban high schools—two in traditional districts and two in charter networks—are using student data to inform a “more responsive and targeted” approach to instruction.

The report by the NewSchools Venture Fund, a San Francisco-based venture philanthropy, is the final study of a three-part research project exploring the use of data in schools.

Among the attributes of the schools studied are building a culture that values data-driven instruction; directing significant resources toward improving instructional capacity, such as using coaches to help new teachers and investing in broad-scale professional development; and using a mix of formal and informal assessments to guide instruction.

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