Dembosky, J. W., Pane, J. F., Barney, H., Christina, R. (2005). Data drive decisionmaking in Southwestern Pennsylvania school districts. RAND Corporation. Retrieved March 2, 2007 from http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/2006/RAND_WR326.sum.pdf
This report describes the capacity of school districts in Southwestern Pennsylvania to use data and analysis to inform instructional, policy, and evaluation decisions to improve student achievement. Conclusions from this study include: schools and districts are in the early stages of systematically using data to drive decision-making; most teachers and principals value data, but lack sufficient data analysis skills and a process for using data; schools and districts are using data to evaluate and adjust curriculum and programs, but not to evaluate teachers; lack of time presents the biggest challenge to schools and districts in this study. The report includes recommendations regarding policy, developing a data-driven decision-making culture, and technology resources.
Culture of Collaboration, Culture of Inquiry, Expectations for Data Use