A new self-assessment tool from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) aims to help educators determine their progress toward creating a data-rich school district. According to CoSN, this 10-question survey should help assess educators’ readiness to use the data-driven decision-making process for accountability and continuous school improvement. The tool was developed as part of CoSN’s multiyear “Data-driven Decision Making: Vision to Know and Do” initiative, a cross-industry effort to assist educators in the effective use of data to improve instruction. Irene K. Spero, CoSN vice president and “Vision to Know and Do” project director, called the tool an important way for district leaders to learn about the steps necessary to use data more completely in the decision-making process. The online survey takes only a few minutes to complete, with respondents receiving a quick calculation of the results. The assessment includes questions dealing with the ability of a district to extract data, create an inventory of data elements, determine the accuracy of data, identify intervention strategies based on data, and provide technical support.

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