In Fulton County, Ga., Use of Data at Center Of Efforts to Improve
District a Leader in Data-Driven Decisionmaking
In the Fulton County, Ga., public school system, it’s not enough to think a strategy is working—you have to have the data to back it up.
“The data speaks in Fulton,” said Dana McGraw, the executive director of continuous improvement for the 88,000-student district, which straddles the city of Atlanta. “That’s our foundation.”
In fact, the district is so well known for its data-management system and data-driven-decisionmaking techniques that it has been named a “best practice” district by both the Washington-based Consortium for School Networking’s Data-Driven Decision Making Initiative and the education division of the Houston-based American Productivity and Quality Center, a nonprofit group that helps schools improve performance through better use...
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