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 districts use data in pursuit of those goals.

“Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action” is a collaboration among the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and Gartner Inc., a global information technology research and advisory company, to support schools as they move forward in implementing these new systems and practices.

As the initiative matures, participating districts are sharing how they are using student data to impact classroom practice and student achievement.

Officials in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) hope to move toward “having data at the classroom level, where teachers can talk about student data and what it means to them,” said Ted Davis, director of information technology at FCPS. “[We will] have the opportunity to use that data in a real-time manner to impact instruction.”

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