Wayman, J. C. (2005). Involving teachers in data-based decision-making: Using computer data systems to support teacher inquiry and reflection. Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk, 10(3), 295-308. Retrieved April 9, 2006 http://edadmin.edb.utexas.edu/datause/publications.htm
This paper explores teacher participation in data-driven decision making and increasing access to various types of student information. The author focuses on data-warehousing, the collection and organization of all relevant student information into one system. Wayman argues that if data are easily available and accessible to all teachers regardless of technological proficiency, this information can then be used to improve teaching and learning in the classroom. The author also reports briefly on commercially available software and includes suggestions (based on past research on data use) to better support teachers using these data systems, including small-scale, context-relevant, ongoing professional development opportunities, strong leadership, and collaboration with colleagues.
Data Systems, Professional Development