LaPointe, M. A., Brett, J., Kagle, M., Midouhas, E., Sanchez, M. T., Oh, Y., & North, C. (2009). How state education agencies in the Northeast and Islands Region support data-driven decision making in districts and schools (Issues and Answers Report, REL 2009- NO. 072). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Library Northeast and Islands. Retrieved from http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs.
This report explores data-driven decision making practices in the Northeast and Islands Region and describes the work of service providers chosen to support these efforts. The report is based on examination of state education agency (SEA) web sites, interviews with agency officials, and a review of documents provided by SEAs. Results show that SEAs have implemented at least one of four components to promote data use: 1) a centralized data system/warehouse; 2) tools for data analysis and reporting; 3) training on data systems/warehouses and tools; and 4) professional development in using data for decision making. Results indicate that implementation of these four components is largely affected by funding and capacity. Additionally, the report includes a description of support providers for data-driven decision making in the region, and in-depth profiles of three of the nine service providers mentioned. The report concludes with recommendations for future research such as examining the impact of data-driven decision making on school and student outcomes.