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This report investigates the preparedness of Southwestern Pennsylvania school districts to meet the challenges of using data to improve instruction, evaluate the effectiveness of schools, teachers and programs, and create reports. It examines state policies and the roles of regional service agencies, identifies next steps in developing data-driven decisionmaking capabilities, and recommends actions stakeholders can take to support this development.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Literature Review

  • Chapter Three

    Data Collection and Methods

  • Chapter Four

    Current DDDM Practices in Southwestern Pennsylvania School Districts

  • Chapter Five

    Factors that Enable Data-Driven Decisionmaking

  • Chapter Six

    Conclusions and Recommendations

The research described in this report was prepared for The Heinz Endowments and The Grable Foundation was conducted by RAND Education.

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