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What Does Your School Data Team Sound Like?
A Framework to Improve the Conversation Around Data

First Edition


July 2018 | 176 pages | Corwin

Get your data team working effectively! 

Data is a valuable resource for improving education. Unfortunately, many school teams struggle to make sense of new and often overwhelming data. What Does Your Data Team Sound Like? provides an approach that supports teams as they review a range of data sets, and improves their conversation about effectively applying data to instructional decision-making. Written to help teams navigate the world of data analysis for on-going school improvement, this book offers an easy to follow framework that dives deep into data-driven instruction. Readers will find: 

  • Easy, step-by-step analysis techniques  
  • Case studies that demonstrate different approaches 
  • Checklists and flowcharts to help visual the process 

Developed by expert authors who have worked with data teams across a wide variety of settings and scenarios, this book will help educators take action to create better learning environments for students. 

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Changing the Lens With the Data Analysis Team (DAT)
Is Data the New Four-Letter Word?

 
Changing the Lens for How We View Data

 
Where Did All This Data Come From?

 
Okay, Let’s Change the Lens!

 
Summary

 
 
2. What Should Your Data Team Look Like?
Mixed Versus Nonmixed Data Teams

 
Goals of the Data Team

 
What Are the Roles and Responsibilities of Each Team Member?

 
How Will Meetings Be Facilitated?

 
Preparation, the Key to Success

 
Activities

 
Summary

 
 
3. Getting Over the Fear of Data
Fear of Data

 
What Is a Data Set?

 
What Is a Database?

 
Archival Data

 
Setting Up a Database

 
Entering Data Correctly in a Cell

 
Levels of Data

 
Assessment Data

 
Levels of Accountability

 
Activities

 
Summary

 
 
4. How to Know What Works
What Works, Anyway?

 
What Are Improvement Cycles?

 
How Do Researchers Determine What Works?

 
Pre-Post One Group Design

 
Summary

 
 
5. Following the Steps in the Exploratory and Confirmatory Cycles
Exploratory Cycle

 
Confirmatory Cycle

 
Summary

 
 
6. More Ways to Examine Data
Using Different Variables to Sort Data

 
Graphing Data

 
Types of Graphs

 
Activity

 
Summary

 
 
7. Collecting Formative Data
The Role of Formative Data in the Confirmatory Cycle

 
Using Classroom Observations as Formative Data

 
Reliability of Observational Data

 
Tips for Conducting Observations

 
Using Surveys as Formative Data

 
Piloting the Survey

 
Collecting Survey Data in School Settings

 
Activity

 
Summary

 
 
8. Adding Parents to Your DAT
Include Parents, Rather Than Exclude Them

 
Parent Validity

 
Activities

 
Summary

 
 
9. Continuing the Conversation Surrounding Student Data
Looking at Individual Items

 
Adding Other Variables to the Conversation

 
Looking at District Level Data

 
Summary

 
 
10. Scaling Up Data
When to Expand to Other Locations

 
A Model for Scaling Up: Patterns in the Data

 
Using Capacity to Scale Up

 
Summary

 
 
Epilogue
 
References
 
Index

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