Data Wise in Action

Data Wise in Action Stories of Schools Using Data to Improve Teaching and Learning

Edited by Kathryn Parker Boudett and Jennifer L. Steele
paper, 192 Pages
Pub. Date: December 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1-891792-80-9
Price: $32.00

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What does it look like when a school uses data wisely? Data Wise in Action, a new companion and sequel to our bestselling Data Wise, tells the stories of eight very different schools following the Data Wise process of using assessment results to improve teaching and learning.


“This collection of highly readable cases offers insights on implementing the Data Wise school improvement process. Data Wise in Action will lead the way in guiding teachers, principals, and other stakeholders to overcome organizational and cultural barriers to student success. — Kenneth K. Wong, Chair, Department of Education and Director of Urban Education Policy Program, Brown University

Data Wise in Action testifies to the challenges and triumphs of using data to improve student achievement. I have begun the Data Wise process at my school and I am seeing a real change in how the faculty views data. It is no longer a dreaded, dirty word but a valuable tool to improve teaching and learning. The bottom line is: Data Wise definitely works and yields great results! — Denise Jamison, Principal, The Williamsburg Middle School Academy, Brooklyn, New York

Data Wise in Action portrays the challenges educators face in building a collaborative, data-driven culture. Through each case study, the authors show how a systematic focus on data helps teachers make better instructional decisions and, through lots of teamwork, sharing of information, and collaboration, allows schools to become learning organizations focused on improving achievement for all students. — Jonathan P. Raymond, Chief Accountability Officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, North Carolina

Drawing on the experiences of educators in a diverse array of schools, Data Wise in Action provides a wealth of practical guidance for creating a strong culture of data use. Readers will learn from the challenges and successes documented in each chapter. Data Wise in Action is an invaluable resource for schools or districts that want to use evidence to improve the quality of instruction—not just raise test scores. — Laura Hamilton, PhD, Senior Behavioral Scientist, RAND Corporation

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About the Editors

Kathryn Parker Boudett is Director of the Data Wise Project and Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Co-editor of Data Wise: A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Assessment Results to Improve Teaching and Learning, her research and teaching focus on helping educators make effective use of a wide range of data sources to improve instruction and student achievement. She thanks Mike, Shannon, Dorothy, and Eliza for all their love and support.

Jennifer L. Steele has been an elementary school teacher in Virginia and a high school teacher in California and has conducted research on teacher and administrator professional development in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. She currently studies financial incentives for teachers. She thanks Rosie for her unflappability and priceless two cents.

Table of Contents (PDF)

Preface (PDF)

Data Wise at Poe Middle School in San Antonio, Texas (case study)

Leadership Lessons From Schools Becoming "Data Wise" [PDF]

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