Spotlight on Data-Driven Decisionmaking

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Data-Driven Decisionmaking


The Education Week Spotlight on Data-Driven Decisionmaking is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Using data to improve student achievement
  • Data-driven decisionmaking as part of district reforms
  • Data tools that help to predict student outcomes
  • Moving beyond value added scores
  • Translating data into meaningful evidence
  • State data on principal preparation and evaluation

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A survey finds that states have little to go on when it comes to evaluating the job school principals are doing.
February 4, 2013 - Education Week

The shift in priorities from putting hardware and software in place to figuring out how data are used by actual people is a theme highlighted in a recent Data Quality Campaign report.
December 4, 2012 - Education Week

Early results are promising from a study of efforts in 59 districts to launch data-driven reforms.
February 21, 2012 - Education Week

Some district and state data systems are finally mature enough to look into the future, by using complex analytics to predict which indicators mean students may go off track down the line.
February 8, 2012 - Digital Directions

Value-added scores are important, but they don't tell the whole story of what's happening in the classroom, writes Aimee Rogstad Guidera.
August 6, 2012 - Education Week


Using Evidence as Change
My infatuation with "Moneyball" is not just about baseball. I was mesmerized by this true story about how the use of data and statistical analysis has revolutionized an industry. Indeed it serves as a great analogue for another sector caught up in a reform-yearning arena: education.
March 1, 2012 - Transforming Learning

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