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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- Introduction and Closing (pdf), REL Southwest staff
- The Data-Informed District: Research on How Educators Use Data to Inform Practice (pdf),
Dr. Jeffrey C. Wayman
- Doing What Works: Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making – "Go Back and Reflect"
Renata Gaddy, a language arts teacher at Shotwell Middle School, Aldine Independent School District, Texas, is interviewed and shown using data analysis booklets with her students in grades 7 and 8. Produced by WestEd for the U.S. Department of Education.
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.
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.