Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making

Published in: IES Practice Guide, NCEE 2009-4067 (Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, Sep. 2009), p. 1-70

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2008

by Laura S. Hamilton, Richard Halverson, Sharnell S Jackson, Ellen Mandinach, Jonathan A Supovitz, Jeffrey C Wayman

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This guide offers five recommendations to help educators effectively use data to monitor students' academic progress and evaluate instructional practices. The guide recommends that schools set a clear vision for schoolwide data use, develop a data-driven culture, and make data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement. The guide also recommends teaching students how to use their own data to set learning goals.

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