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Accountability policies and teacher decision making: Barriers to the use of data to improve practice

The authors present findings from their study of the use of accountability data from annual statewide student achievement tests in school decision-making. Drawing upon a longitudinal study of nine...

Alexandria City Public Schools High School Technology Integration Project

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In Spring 2007, the Metiri Group completed an evaluation of the Alexandria City Public Schools’ (ACPS) High School Technology Integration Plan. The evaluation focused on five stated sub-goals, from...

Are Your Technology Initiatives Working?

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The primary goal of any new technology initiative or program is to improve student learning outcomes. To track progress in meeting your intended goals and outcomes, use this chart and guiding...

Assessment Overview: Beyond Standardized Testing

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This video explains traditional standardized testing isn't the only way, or necessarily the best way, to gauge a student's knowledge and abilities. Many states are incorporating performance-based...

Characteristics of systems and leadership in K–12 public school educational technology programs: Understanding data use, decision making, and contextual factors

This dissertation presents findings from an investigation of how data informs school leadership decisions about technology use. The researcher conducted four case studies of K–12 school districts...

Data use: Data-driven decision making takes a big-picture view of the needs of teachers and students

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In this article, the author examines the interconnection of two types of data driven decision-making: classroom and school. Each type seeks to improve teaching and learning, and both are important...

Data-Based Decision Making

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In this webcast, nationally recognized experts and RTI implementers provided guidance on using data from multiple assessment functions to support and empower educator decision making within an RTI...

Data-Driven Decision Making: A Powerful Tool for School Improvement

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Recent advances in technology and the increased demand for assessing student learning has led many school administrators to discover that the usefulness of data goes far beyond NCLB reporting...

Develop and Maintain a Districtwide Data System

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As part of a coherent approach to using data effectively, districts need to provide a high-quality data system—this presentation describes how. A Data System Advisory Council can support the planning...

Doing More with Less: How Informed Assessment Practices Can Help

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Free report highlighting the importance of assessment. Includes definitions of different types of assessments, examples of common assessment mistakes, and topics on assessment literacy, formative and...

Educational technology in U.S. public schools: Fall 2008

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In this report, the authors present national data on the availability and use of educational technology among teachers in public elementary and secondary schools during the winter and spring of 2009...

Educators use student performance data to plan, implement, and evaluate

In this article, a middle school principal shares how he used data to make improvements in student achievement. By engaging in the repeated cycle of collect, analyzing, and using data, he believes...

Establishing a Clear Vision for Schoolwide Data Use

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This presentation describes how establishing a whole-school culture of data use helps all stakeholders make thoughtful, consistent, and appropriate data-based decisions. Schools can develop a data...

Facilitating Technology Implementation: Strategic Planning for AT Specialists and Administrators -- Part Three: Measuring Success

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The key to effective technology implementation is systematic planning that engages all of the principal stakeholders. In this session, education leaders will learn about how to use strategic planning...

Getting the Most from Technology Tools

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This Knowledge Brief addresses the topic of how to get the most from technology tools in order to inform educators and policymakers who are developing school or district technology plans.

How to increase the learning return for your ed-tech investments

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This suite of articles and resources from eSchool News highlights important factors to consider when making edtech purchasing decisions, including the importance of planning, shared vision, and...

ISTE’s Technology Facilitation and Leadership Standards

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An easy-to-follow guide for any educator wanting to be an effective technology facilitator and/or educational leader. The standards provide guidance in designing and delivering professional learning...

Implementation research: a synthesis of the literature.

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The purpose of this monograph is to describe the results of a far-reaching review of the implementation literature. There is broad agreement that implementation is a decidedly complex endeavor, more...

Integrating technology into K–12 teaching and learning: Current knowledge gaps and recommendations for future research

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This article describes the challenges that schools face when using technology to support student learning. The authors list several common obstacles that K–12 schools encounter in these efforts,...

Making Sense of Data-Driven Decision Making in Education

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Unlike past studies of data use in schools, this paper brings together information systematically gathered from large, representative samples of educators at the district, school, and classroom...