Mason, S. (2002). Turning data into knowledge: Lessons from six Milwaukee public schools. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA. Retrieved April 10, 2006, from http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/archive/mps/AERA2002/Mason AERA 2002 QSP Symposium Paper.pdf
This paper reviews a two-year project designed to increase the capacity of six Milwaukee Public Schools to use student, classroom, and school data in their decision making processes. The researchers learned that data must become an active part of school planning and improvement strategies, and integrated and accepted into the school culture and organization. The challenges that schools confront as they build their capacity for data-driven decision-making include: cultivating the desire to transform data into knowledge, focusing on the process of data use, committing to the creation and acquisition of data, organizing systems to manage and analyze data, and applying results to improve student achievement.
Analysis, Capacity Building, Data Systems, Expectations for Data Use