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1st Edition

Handbook of Data-Based Decision Making in Education

ISBN 9780415965040
Published October 13, 2008 by Routledge
512 Pages

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Book Description

Education has fought long and hard to gain acceptance as a profession and, since professionals by definition use data to shape the decisions they make, education has little choice but to continue moving in this direction. This 3-part handbook represents a major contribution to the literature of education. It is a unique compendium of the most original work currently available on how, when and why evidence should be used to ground practice. It is a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary, research-based, and practice-based resource that all educators can turn to as a guide to data-based decision making.

The Handbook of Data-Based Decision Making in Education is a must read for researchers who are just beginning to explore the scientifically based nature of educational practice. It is also appropriate for policy makers and practitioners who are confronted with young people who need to be in classrooms where "best practices" are the norm and not the exception.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Theoretical and Practical Perspectives  1. Evidence and Decision Making in Professions  Theodore J. Kowalski  2. Ethics and Decision Making by Educational Leaders  Paul T. Begley  3. Legal Dimensions of Using Employee and Student Data to Make Decisions  R. Lance Potter and Jacqueline A. Stefkovich  4. The Role of Private Firms in Data-Based Decision Making  Patricia Burch and Tracy Hayes  5. The No Child Left Behind Act: Making Decisions Without Data or Other Reality Checks Timothy R. Konold and James M. Kauffman  Part 2: Building Support for Data-Based Decisions  6. Preparing Educators to Effectively Use Student Data Systems  Jeffrey C. Wayman and Vincent Cho  7. Accessing and Using National Databases  Terrell Lamont Strayhorn  8. Developing and Nurturing Resources for Effective Data-Driven Decision Making  Anthony Picciano  9. Preparing Educators to Use Curriculum-Based Measurement  Robin Codding and James Connell  10. Principal Leadership, Data, and School Improvement  Michael A. Copland, Michael S. Knapp, and Juli A. Swinnerton  11. Building Data-Driven District Systems: Examples from Three Award-Winning Urban Systems  Heather Zavadsky  12. School System Strategies for Supporting Data Use  Amanda Datnow and Vicki Park  13.Research on Teachers’ Using Data to Make Decisions  James Raths, Stephanie A. Kotch and Christine Carrino Gorowara  14. Research and Evaluation on Data-Based Decisions in Education  Gregory J. Marchant and Sharon E. Paulsen  Part 3: Data-Based Applications  15. Using Data to Make Critical Choices  Thomas J. Lasley II  16. Formative versus Summative Assessments as Measures of Student Learning  Robert Marzano  17. Using Evidence to Support Administrative Decisions  Jane Hemsley-Brown  18. Swimming in the Depths: Educators’ Ongoing Effective Use of Data to Guide Decision Making  Leanne R. Bettesworth, Julie Alonzo and Luke Duesbery 19. Creative Decision-Making Strategies through Technology-Based Curriculum Tools  John Castellani and Deborah Carran  20. Aggregating and Analyzing Classroom Achievement Data Supplemental to External Tests  John Burger, Brian Perry, and Megan Eagle  21. Collaborative Inquiry and Data-based Decision Making  Douglas Huffman and Kelli Thomas  22. Evidential Reasoning and Decision Support in Assessment of Teacher Practice  Arthur M. Recesso and Sally J. Zepeda  23. Data: The DNA of Politically-based Decision Making in Education  Bruce Cooper, John Surequ and Stephen Coffin  24. Using Data to Assess School Culture  Theodore J. Kowalski and Tricia Browne-Ferrigno  25. Data-Based Teacher Selection: Viewed from a Planning, Recruitment, and Selection Perspective  I. Phillip Young  26. Issues of Recruitment and Selection from a Data-based Perspective: Implications for Educational Leadership Programs  I. Phillip Young and Carol Mullen  27. When Data are Insufficient to Make Group Decisions: A Case Study in Community College Administration  Diane Dunlap and Renae Weber  28. How NCLB has Affected the Practice of School District Superintendents  George Petersen, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Larry Dlugosh

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Theodore J. Kowalski is professor and the Kuntz Family Chair in Educational Administration at the University of Dayton. A former superintendent and college of education dean, he is the editor of the Journal of School Public Relations, serves on the editorial boards of two other journals, and is the author of over 150 professional publications including 31 books. His most recent books are Effective Communication for School Administrators (2007), Case Studies on Educational Administration (5th ed., 2008), School Public Relations (4th ed., 2008), and Data-Driven Decisions and School Leadership (2008).


Thomas J. Lasley II is Dean, School of Education and Allied Professions at the University of Dayton. He has published in excess of 70 articles in professional journals and has authored or co-authored 11 books. He has served on a variety of regional and state level education commissions and boards including the Governor’s Commission on Teaching Success and the Ohio Board of Regents’ Planning and Accountability Committee. He co-founded the Dayton Early College Academy, a unique educational partnership between the University of Dayton and the Dayton Public Schools and is co-chair of the Teacher Quality Partnership.