Data Wise, Revised and Expanded Edition
A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning.
Edited by Kathryn Parker Boudett, Elizabeth A. City, and Richard J. Murnane
cloth, 280 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2013
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paper, 280 Pages
Pub. Date: February 2013
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Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning presents a clear and carefully tested blueprint for school leaders. It shows how examining test scores and other classroom data can become a catalyst for important schoolwide conversations that will enhance schools’ abilities to capture teachers’ knowledge, foster collaboration, identify obstacles to change, and enhance school culture and climate.
This revised and expanded edition captures the learning that has emerged in integrating the Data Wise process into school practice and brings the book up-to-date with recent developments in education and technology including:
· The shift to the Common Core State Standards.
· New material on the “ACE Habits of Mind”: practices that prioritize Action, Collaboration, and Evidence as part of transforming school culture.
· A new chapter on “How We Improve,” based on experiences implementing Data Wise and to address two common questions: “Where do I start?” and “How long will it take?”
Other revisions take into account changes in the roles of school data teams and instructional leadership teams in guiding the inquiry process. The authors have also updated exhibits, examples, and terminology throughout and have added new protocols and resources.
Schools that embrace the Data Wise process exemplify the value that true school transformation happens from within the school, not from outside. Systemic, sustainable improvement in student performance is assured when a school makes Data Wise a part of its culture. From a district perspective, supporting our schools in their work with Data Wise is time well spent.
— Kathy Rollo, executive director, leadership and professional development, Lubbock Independent School District, Texas
This book provides a great variety of useful ideas and tools for analyzing student achievement data. It serves as a significant resource for school leaders in utilizing data to improve instruction and student achievement.
— Gerald N. Tirozzi, former executive director, National Association of Secondary School Principals
The first edition of Data Wise provided educators with a highly useful and understandable way to make sense of data in school districts, schools, and classrooms. Readers of this revised and expanded edition will value the opportunity to discover new ways of thinking about what students should learn, why they should learn it, and how they should be taught.
— Tom Payzant, former superintendent, Boston Public Schools, and professor of practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Data Wise has been a central ingredient in our school turnaround. The model has helped us take a comprehensive approach to using data to inform instructional practice and provides a framework for all school improvement eff orts. By combining this model with the hard work of an exceptional faculty, our student body has seen some of the largest student achievement gains in Massachusetts and across the nation.
— Ben Klompus, BART Charter Public School, Adams, Massachusetts
Demystify that data! A powerful asset to data-driven inquiry and improvement . . . Data Wise guides schools and school systems through the growth of comprehensive data systems that encompass classroom work samples as well as standardized tests. With a sympathetic understanding of the inevitable limits on staff time, the authors discuss the best ways to structure collaborative faculty time and include protocols to involve faculty and staff in gaining insight from data.
Turning a culture of never using data to data-driven instruction is not an easy feat. Although our school district furthered teachers and administrators with plenty of data sources, teachers needed a framework and a system to utilize data in the most efficient way. By implementing the Data Wise process at the district level, instructional coaches and administrators were able to look at data, classroom practices, and student work effectively. They finally understand the function of data-driven instruction and how that is tied into planning, practices, and student work.”
— Beverly Enriquez, director, curriculum and federal programs, Douglas Unified School District, Douglas, Arizona
Data Wise is practical and based on experiences in real schools; therefore, it achieves one of its goals of helping school leaders understand how to use student assessments to improve teaching and learning. . . . Data Wise: A Step-by Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning is a nice contribution to how to get assessment data used by those who are leading and teaching in our schools.
— Teachers College Record
The step-by-step process described in this invaluable book has helped me engage my faculty in lively, frank, and productive discussions about our student assessment results. Now we are able to make the connections between data and instruction in ways that improve teaching and learning systematically throughout the school.
— Janet Palmer Owens, principal, Mason Pilot Elementary School, Boston
The book is well organized and would serve as a great tool for school and district improvement teams. Of special interest to superintendents is the chapter devoted to the role of the central office in becoming data wise.
— The School Administrator
For any team of educators needing to implement a coherent instructional plan, to identify the learning needs of every student, and to meet those needs, this book will be very helpful. Th e reviewer believes that if the goal of a school is to review student assessment results to improve teaching and learning, following this book would be beneficial.
— Education Review
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