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Turning Data into Achievement

While schools now measure their students’ progress more frequently throughout the year, using this information to target instruction more effectively still poses a challenge. Turning data into higher achievement involves changing the entire school culture—and technology that ties together the entire instructional cycle also can help.

With the generous support of SAS, we’ve assembled this collection of stories from our archives—along with additional resources from around the web—to help you create and support a data-driven culture in your own schools.

—The Editors

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Turning Data into Achievement

Tips on preparing school data for the unexpected

Tips on preparing school data for the unexpected

While student safety remains schools’ top priority during threats of natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes, school administrators and IT leaders must also ensure that they take…

How three districts are tracking student data

How three districts are tracking student data

Education stakeholders and reformers increasingly focus on data to help inform instruction and offer clues on student achievement patterns, and a partnership among three organizations aims to help…

Launching a district data warehousing project

Launching a district data warehousing project

A redesign of a school district’s information systems is always a challenge, but Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WSFCS) was further complicated by rapid growth, changing demographics and school choice.…

Nine templates to help educators leverage school data

Nine templates to help educators leverage school data

Educators and administrators are collecting an enormous amount of data about the progress of their students and schools. Now that this information has been collected, how can it…

Reports highlight need for data mobility

Reports highlight need for data mobility

Educational data must follow students as they cross state lines, and policy makers must be equipped with the tools needed to ensure that teachers, students, and parents have…

More training is key to better school data use

More training is key to better school data use

Schools and districts have come a long way in gathering and analyzing data to help boost student achievement, but according to a new report from the Data Quality…

Data: It’s more than test scores

Data: It’s more than test scores

It’s pretty common these days to hear the term “data-driven decision-making” in education and assume it is synonymous with standardized test scores. But we all know that students…

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…

eSN Special Report: Turning data into achievement

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…

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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