With a plethora of ed tech tools on the market, more districts are beginning to find ways to implement data into schools. With this trend, teachers are tasked with becoming tech-savvy and recognizing opportunities to use insights to boost student learning, strengthen the school community and work towards a data-driven school culture where data is not only used, but appreciated.

In our school, data has been transformed from an unfamiliar concept to an invaluable tool, and an integrated part of how we operate. At the district level, the use of data has impacted schools differently. Each department and grade level saw a distinct shift. But, all have contributed towards the same goal: a positive, effective learning environment for students.

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By recognizing how data is useful, we can inspire other schools to embrace a data-driven school culture, and to see the benefits that it can bring to faculty, students and parents.

3 ways this district embraced data

Build a realistic timeline

Prior to implementing a data system, it’s crucial that a district evaluates its schools’ individual needs and consults teachers. It’s also a smart idea to build out a realistic timeline – implementing this kind of program takes time, and by allowing room for trial-and-error, evaluation, and feedback, the entire process runs smoother.

About the Author:

Tim Cariss is the director of assessment and accountability and Ted Sullivan is the director of elementary education at Chico Unified School District.


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