This webinar, presented on April 1, 2014, examines how best to support staff when implementing data systems for district and school improvement.

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Dr. Jeffrey C. Wayman

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Goal:  To provide evidence-based insights, perspectives, and materials designed to help district and school personnel leverage computer data systems for school improvement

Jeffrey C. Wayman, Ph.D., an award-winning researcher and education consultant in Texas, continues his series on the effective use of data to improve district, school, and classroom practice. Drawing from a decade of research, Dr. Wayman discusses the often-ignored human side of data system implementation—support for educators in using the data system. To apply the research to practice, he provides a four-step plan for implementing a data system in a way that focuses on users’ needs and practice. This plan introduces a data system through small, practice-based learning sessions designed to give educators both familiarity with the data and experience in using them to examine real-world problems. The plan can be downloaded above.


  • Increased familiarity with recent research on using computer data systems
  • Deeper understanding of the reasoning behind a research-based process for implementing computer data systems
  • Practice on starting to apply this research-based process to improve the use of computer data systems in your local context


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.


The following peer-reviewed research articles and publications provide the basis for Dr. Wayman’s presentation.

Institute of Education Sciences (IES) practice guide:

  • Hamilton, L., Halverson, R., Jackson, S., Mandinach, E., Supovitz, J., & Wayman, J. C. (2009). Using student achievement data to support instructional decision making (What Works Clearinghouse Report, NCEE 2009-4067). Washington DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance.

Peer-reviewed articles:

  • Cho, V., & Wayman, J. C. (2014). Districts’ efforts for data use and computer data systems: The role of sensemaking in system use and implementation. Teachers College Record, 116 (2).
  • Wayman, J. C., & Jimerson, J. B. (2014). Teacher needs for data-related professional learning. Studies in Educational Evaluation.
  • 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.