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Building and Nurturing a Data Culture That Leads to Student Achievement

Using actionable data can help leaders and teachers make better decisions to reach every learner. But first, district leaders must create and foster a culture of data across schools and in classrooms. This strong data culture is one in which educators, students, and families embrace the use of data as a helpful tool that contributes to student learning and growth. It is where data is used consistently and intentionally to identify and respond to students’ needs and celebrate progress.

A key to making this a reality is approaching student data as a source for dialogue that leads to meaningful action for individual students or groups of students.

But this dialogue doesn’t just happen by itself. It is critical to approach your data by asking the right questions, and using a Data Analysis Protocol can be a powerful tool. This helps you stay objective, focuses your analysis, and gives you a place to start when looking at data. It saves you time and allows you to create a plan for immediate action in your classroom. Use the questions in  A Practical Guide to Analyzing Data  to examine your data and plan your instruction. 

Watch the webinar to learn about the six key hallmarks of a strong data culture.

Data Culture in Action: How Miami-Dade’s Purposeful Data Culture Contributed to Remarkable Success

In January 2018, the superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Alberto M. Carvalho, tweeted:

“Toward what end are we testing kids? Assessment cannot be a competitive data reporting exercise; worthless and punitive if it does not inform and improve teaching and learning.” 

Months later, after years of sustained improvement, Miami-Dade was awarded its first-ever “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education. 

Something is going right in Florida’s largest school district. After visiting with educators there, we concluded that data collection practices and a purposeful data culture have contributed to the district’s remarkable success. 

Learning from Leaders: Establishing a Districtwide Data Culture  reveals Miami-Dade’s blueprint for a thriving data culture that gets results.


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