Datnow, A., Park, V., & Kennedy, B. (2008). Acting on data: How urban high schools use data to improve instruction. USC Rossier School of Education: Center on Educational Governance.
The purpose of this report is to describe and compare the data use practices of four urban high schools. Datnow and colleagues discuss how data informs instructional decision making at these schools as well as the school and system-level supports needed for effective data use including professional development opportunities and a school culture that values data use. The authors also note challenges associated with data-driven decision making in high schools including more narrowed curriculum and lack of teachers’ data and technology literacy. Datnow and colleagues conclude with implications and recommendations for more effective data use to support instructional practices.
Action for Learning, Decision Making