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Supporting a Data-Driven School Culture

While most schools today measure students’ progress more frequently throughout the school year and collect an enormous amount of information about their students, using this information to target instruction more effectively still poses a challenge.

Turning data into higher achievement involves changing the entire school culture. A new breed of data platforms that tie together the entire instructional cycle also can help. With the generous support of SAS, we’ve compiled these stories from our archives, along with additional resources, to help you create and support a data-driven culture in your own schools.

—The Editors

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Supporting a Data-Driven School Culture

3 ways to solve data and communication shortcomings

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Data Security. Big Data. Personalized Data. Data Breech. We all have been inundated lately with the growing complex conversations around data management including the critical information collected in…

States make strides in collecting education data

States make strides in collecting education data

Although states have made strong progress increasing their capacity to build and use longitudinal data systems, they aren’t yet helping educators, parents, and other stakeholders use the data…

eSN Special Report: Smarter Education

eSN Special Report: Smarter Education

For years, marketers have used sophisticated software to track consumers’ buying habits and web browsing activity, then crunch this information and make intelligent predictions to target their sales…

Education, technology groups collaborate to leverage student data

Education, technology groups collaborate to leverage student data

A new collaboration among three prominent education and technology groups will aim to help schools meet growing demands to leverage student data to boost achievement while highlighting best…

eSN Special Report: Turning data into achievement

A new breed of data platforms tie together the entire instructional cycle.

While most schools now measure students’ progress more frequently throughout the year, using this information to target instruction more effectively can still be a challenge. Here's how some…

Feds take huge step to protect student privacy

Lack of clarification around FERPA has created a game of ‘telephone’ said the DQC.

Asking state leaders to use data to drive school improvement and innovation sounds like a logical idea, but how can they also maintain student privacy in this often…

Feds launch new education data tool

The Dashboard highlights key education data across 16 indicators.

The federal Education Department has launched a new website that aims to provide easy access to key state and national education data for all school stakeholders.…

Should student test scores be used to evaluate teachers?

Teachers who lead students to achievement gains in one year or in one class tend to do so in other years and other classes, the report said.

The so-called value-added model is an “imperfect, but still informative” measure of teacher effectiveness, especially when it is combined with other measures, according to the preliminary results of…

Commentary: Data undermining

Districts need more guidance on using school and student data.

Unions are taking heat for their stance on using data to measure teacher quality, but school districts bear some responsibility, too.…

Additional resources

Why top-flight data management enhances achievement and avoids disasters

Why top-flight data management enhances achievement and avoids disastersThis white paper explains how Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, which had information from 80 schools spread across 22 databases, integrated its data resources to provide faster, more meaningful data that makes a difference in student performance and success…

Rock Hill School District depends on data to ensure instructional dollars are used effectively

Rock Hill School District depends on data to ensure instructional dollars are used effectivelyWhen school districts in South Carolina faced budget cuts, the Rock Hill School District analyzed data to determine academic needs before making decisions about cuts, thus making informed decisions to solve its budget problems. Read how Rock Hill was able to make data-driven decisions related to instruction and school attendance to not just weather budget cuts, but to identify students for advanced math, standardize teacher training, and look at information across student groups in a way that the state’s own mandated student information system can’t do.

Ten Best Practices in Information Management, Reporting and Analytics for Education

Ten Best Practices in Information Management, Reporting and Analytics for Education Forward-looking education administrators in both K-12 and higher education are investigating, planning to use, or actively using information technology that can turn their vast amounts of data into data-driven insight. In this white paper you will learn tips from SAS education customers and discover how data can be used to transform programs, curriculums, student outcomes and more.

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