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How to Make Data Work

A Guide for Educational Leaders, 1st Edition

By Jenny Grant Rankin

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204 pages

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Educators are increasingly responsible for using data to improve teaching and learning in their schools. This helpful guide provides leaders with simple steps for facilitating accurate analysis and interpretation of data, while avoiding common errors and pitfalls. How to Make Data Work provides clear strategies for getting data into workable shape and creating an environment that supports understanding, analysis, and successful use of data, no matter what data system or educational technology tools are in place in your district. This accessible resource makes data easy to understand and use so that educators can better evaluate and maximize their systems to help their staff, students, and school succeed. With this tried-and-true guidance, you’ll be prepared to advocate for tools that adhere to data reporting standards, avoid misinterpretation of data, and improve the data use climate in your school.

Reviews

"This book bridges the divide between research and typical data reporting, showing education leaders practical ways to make data digestible for staff."

- Debra L. Diaz, Principal, Charles G. Emery Elementary School, CA

"Dr. Rankin's book is a game-changer. This book doesn't just repeat data use strategies we've all heard and tried – it fundamentally simplifies how data use works."

- Gustavo Reyes, School Administrator, Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, CA

"Finally, someone is talking about the missing piece in data use. I learned most education data is misunderstood, I learned why, and I learned exactly what to do about it."

- Jennifer Kagy, Teacher and Technology Coordinator, Schmitt Elementary School, CA

"This work completely changed how colleagues and I look at data. Scores and other data that used to dishearten us are now exciting and easy to understand."

- Julie Duddridge, Lead Teacher and Teacher Mentor/Support Provider, Lincoln Elementary School, CA

"The standards we've implemented from this book have helped us create a common language about the data and build capacity throughout the district to ensure the data is used appropriately for making informed decisions that lead to increased student achievement."

- Margie L. Johnson, Business Intelligence Coordinator, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, TN

"As someone who worked on data at the school district level on a daily basis for many years, a book like this would have saved me a lot of time."

- Rufus Thompson, Formerly the Technology Coordinator for Mountain View School District in Ontario, CA

"This accessible resource makes data easy to understand and use so that educators can better evaluate and maximize their systems to help their staff, students, and school succeed. With this tried-and-true guidance, you’ll be prepared to advocate for tools that adhere to data reporting standards, avoid misinterpretation of data, and improve the data use climate in your school."

-Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction

1. What It Means to Make Data Work

2. How to Make Data Work

Part II: Tools

3. Label

4. Supplemental Documentation

5. Help System

6. Package/Display

7. Content

8. Work with Your DSRP

Chapter 9 Reference List

Part III: Climate

9. Climate Maximization

Part IV: Data Users

10. Data User Maximization

Part V: Conclusion

11. Put It All Together

Part VI

Resources

Appendix: Over-the-Counter Data (OTCD) Standards

About the Author

Author

Jenny Grant Rankin

Laguna Beach, California, United States

Learn more about Jenny Grant Rankin >>

Jenny Grant Rankin, Ph.D., teaches at University of Cambridge for the PostDoc Masterclass and is the former Chief Education and Research Officer at Illuminate Education, an educational technology data systems company. She has been an award-winning teacher, technology coordinator, site administrator, and district administrator.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU032000
EDUCATION / Leadership

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