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A Visit to a Data-Driven School District

An ASCD Production
DVD & Viewer's Guide
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35 minutes
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Smart teachers know that using data can help to improve test scores and increase students’ enthusiasm for learning. When students actively assess their own understanding, learning and test scores improve.  This is especially true when teachers use student and community data to improve their own teaching.

A Visit to a Data-Driven School District gives viewers an up-close look at how one culturally diverse school district uses data to improve student achievement and school performance. This informative 35-minute DVD, filmed at Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine, Ill., shows how K-8 teachers work collaboratively to go beyond the usual efforts to collect and use data. 

A Visit to a Data-Driven School District is divided into three distinct segments, each of which shows assessment strategies used by students, teachers and administrators to gather and analyze data to maximize student performance. The three segments are

  • Student data
  • Teacher and school staff data
  • Community data

Viewers are introduced to the “fast feedback forms” used by the featured school to encourage student feedback following a lesson. This instructional strategy provides both new and veteran teachers immediate feedback on the effectiveness of their lessons, which allows them to make any adjustments necessary to improve student understanding and meet individual student needs.  As part of this presentation, school administrators will learn how to get teachers to embrace this powerful process.

This in-depth video tour, which also includes a Viewer’s Guide, shows teachers and school administrators the following four key elements of using collected data to improve school performance:

  • How to use data
  • What kinds of data to use
  • Why collecting different types of data is important
  • How to analyze the data to use it most effectively

Teachers, curriculum directors and other school administrators will find these ready-to-use strategies easy to implement as they use school data to truly affect student learning and school performance.


ASCD Express 5.20: A Visit to a Data-Driven School (06:01)
Educators in Community Consolidated School District 15, located outside Chicago, Ill., use data to drive instruction and decision making.
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