Schmoker, M. (2003). First things first: Demystifying data analysis. Educational Leadership, 60(5), 22-24. Retrieved January 18, 2008 from website http://mikeschmoker.com/data-analysis.html
This author argues that schools should focus their school improvement efforts on simple questions of student performance that can be answered using data. The author discusses how educators can set realistic and specific goals regarding student achievement; how they can address areas of weakness in student performance and learn to conduct the analyses that will have greatest impact on their teaching and student achievement; and, lastly, how they can use formative assessment data to improve their lessons and assess their progress.
Analysis, Professional Development, Scenarios: Classroom S2, Skills and Knowledge