In the Wilson County School District, using educational data to inform our decisions has reinvented the way students learn, and it has given educators a newfound confidence in their teaching practices.

In August, we were recognized by the state as an exemplary district, and we’ve achieved level five status, meaning our students are growing at a rate that’s two years beyond what’s expected.

We’ve achieved these results through the hard work of our faculty—and by using educational data to support how we instruct and evaluate our students. Other district leaders hoping to achieve similar results can follow three essential steps to creating a data-centric culture.

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1. Get teachers on board

The first thing to consider when incorporating educational data into student evaluation seems simple, and it’s critical: how are you going to use it and who is going to be using it? One year ago, I presented to our district’s teachers that we want to grow our students, and data is going to support that mission.

About the Author:

Dr. Donna Wright is the Wilson County Director of Schools.