The Data-Informed District: Research on How Educators Use
Data to Inform Practice

This webinar, held on December 5, 2013, explores research on how school districts can more effectively use data to improve district, school, and classroom practice.

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Jeffrey C. Wayman, Ph.D., an award-winning researcher and education consultant, presents research on the effective use of data to improve district, school, and classroom practice. Drawing upon his 3-year study with three Texas school districts, Dr. Wayman discusses five components of the Data-Informed District, the research base behind them, and the barriers and facilitators for implementing them. A video of a teacher interview provides a real-world example and insights.


The webinar was designed for anyone interested in the use of data to improve education practice, including teachers, administrators, state department of education staff, and researchers.


Jeffrey C. Wayman

Jeffrey C. Wayman, Ph.D.
President, Wayman Services LLC
Austin, Texas

Jeffrey C. Wayman, Ph.D., is a researcher, education consultant, and former professor with expertise in the effective use of data to improve education practice. His award-winning research includes a 3-year study (2010–2012) on the implementation and effects of a data initiative in three Texas school districts. Dr. Wayman has authored and co-authored numerous research publications and peer-reviewed articles on the topic of data use in education, including the Institute of Education Sciences practice guide Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making (2009). He has served in a consulting and advisory capacity on education data use for agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education, the What Works Clearinghouse, and the Regional Educational Laboratory Program.

Dr. Wayman began his career in education as a junior high math teacher before focusing on education research. He has served as a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and as an education researcher at Johns Hopkins University and Colorado State University. His research interests include effective leadership for data use, efficient structures for creating data-informed school districts, computer data systems, and data-related professional learning. He holds a Ph.D. in education and a master’s degree in statistics, both from Colorado State University.

Resources: The Data-Informed District

The following peer-reviewed articles and publications provide the basis for Dr. Wayman’s research on the Data-Informed District.

  • Hamilton, L., Halverson, R., Jackson, S., Mandinach, E., Supovitz, J., & Wayman, J. C. (2009). Using student achievement data to support instructional decision making (NCEE 2009-4067). Washington DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.
  • Wayman, J. C., Cho, V., Jimerson, J. B., & Spikes, D. D. (2012). District-wide effects on data use in the classroom. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 20 (25).
  • Wayman, J. C., Jimerson, J. B., & Cho, V. (2012). Organizational considerations in establishing the data-informed district. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 23 (2), 159–178.

The in-press articles below also form the basis of Dr. Wayman’s recent work.

  • Cho, V., & Wayman, J. C. (in press). Districts’ efforts for data use and computer data systems: The role of sensemaking in system use and implementation. Teachers College Record.
  • Wayman, J. C., & Jimerson, J. B. (in press). Teacher needs for data-related professional learning. Studies in Educational Evaluation.