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November 2015 | Volume 73 | Number 3
Doing Data Right
Amanda Datnow and Vicki Park
To support teachers in discussing data, school leaders should ensure that the proper foundations are in place.
Schools and districts that successfully promote data-informed decision making often have one key feature in common: dedicated collaboration time for teachers. Whether teachers meet weekly or monthly in horizontal, grade-level groups or vertical teams that span grade levels, teacher team meetings are key to effective data analysis. As one principal noted, "Without collaboration and collegiality, data use is impossible."
In data-focused team meetings, teachers may eagerly examine a wide variety of information on student learning, consider multiple interpretations of the data, help one another grow, and support one another in developing meaningful instructional improvements. These meetings approximate the professional learning community moniker that many districts have given them.
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