Earl, L. M., & Katz, S. (2006). Leading schools in a data-rich world: Harnessing data for school improvement. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
The purpose of this book is to help explain how to use data to support school improvement. Chapter topics include putting data at the center of school improvement, using data for informed decision making, cultivating qualities of data-driven leadership, developing an inquiry habit of mind, becoming data literate, and creating a culture of inquiry. Earl and Katz guide teachers and educators in becoming more comfortable with data, and offer tools for school improvement teams to use such as task sheets, activities, and vignettes for discussion. The authors also include case studies throughout using real school data to demonstrate how the data use process actually works in schools. Overall, Earl and Katz maintain that using data is crucial in supporting student achievement and school change.
Decision Making, Skills and Knowledge