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Leading With Data

Leading With Data
Pathways to Improve Your School

November 2008 | 216 pages | Corwin
A comprehensive, practical guide to effective use of data for school improvement! This hands-on guidebook helps head teachers make meaningful data-based instructional decisions with confidence. In layman's terms, the authors explain the essential statistical and assessment information that administrators need to know what types of data to look at, how to analyze the information, and how to use what they've learned from the data to make critical choices for their schools. As part of the Leadership for Learning Series, this resource:

Provides school-level leaders with support in developing and sustaining a schoolwide capacity for continuous improvement

Links data-based decision making with issues of accountability, improved learning, and shared mission and goals

Includes a glossary, school improvement template, sample forms, and data tools

About the Authors
Introduction by Willis D. Hawley and E. Joseph Schneider
1. The Importance of Data-Based Decision Making
2. Leading Successful Schools With Data: Pathways to School Improvement
3. The Steps in Data-Based Decision Making: Linking Data to Mission and Goals
4. Using Standardized Achievement Data for School Improvement Planning: Measuring Achievement Outcomes
5. Using Formative Assessments to Improve Instruction
6. Multiple Measures for Pathways to School Improvement
7. Involving the Community in Data-Based Decision Making
8. Analyzing Data for School Improvement
9. Seeking Solutions: Evidence-Based Decisions and Processes
10. Leading With Data for Continuous School Improvement

"Goldring and Berends provide practical and strategic counsel on what data should be collected, how data can be productively analyzed, and who should be involved. Their book positions this advice deftly in research on leadership and organizational change. As school leaders confront the challenges of meeting the needs of all students through continuous school improvement, they will find this book an essential resource."

Willis D. Hawley, Professor of Education and Public Policy
University of Maryland

"Dives headfirst into the murky waters of data and provides the site administrator with a clear, succinct view and practical ideas to obtain the real positive change in student outcomes desired by all.”

Cathy Patterson, Elementary Learning Specialist
Walnut Valley Unified School District, Diamond Bar, CA

"Truly a magnificent piece of work! The discussion questions are ideal for study groups and team meetings. This is the new administrator’s bible. Keep it by your bedside, especially when the scores come in."

Roxanne Cardona, Principal
PS 48, Bronx, NY

"The book covers a complex process, connects it to the requirements of NCLB, and defines many aspects of data analysis so that a lay person can understand it."

Margarete Couture, Principal
South Seneca Central School District, Interlaken, NY

Excellent book. I gave it to an adjunct that was teaching School Improvement and they loved it. They are using it in our program

Dr Lynn Williams
Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education, North Carolina State University
July 14, 2013

A very useful text on using data to raise the level of student achievement.

Dr Gregory Hicks
Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education, North Carolina State University
August 25, 2012

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Chapter 1 excerpt

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ISBN: 9780761988342