DATA TRENDS & USE
Data Trends & Use
Explore these resources for academic, social, and other trends related to all students, both in general and within different populations. You will also find guidance on how to use data to inform decision-making in schools and districts.
Research on the Achievement Gap
REL West staff have searched selected databases for relevant resources and developed a references list of resources that are relevant to the request. This memo includes: 1) Research reports and policy-oriented articles about factors associated with, as well as interventions for closing the achievement gap, and 2) Relevant organizations that focus on the issue of the achievement gap in K–12 settings. Citations include a link to a free online version when available. Citations are accompanied by an abstract, excerpt, or summary written by the author or publisher of the article. We have not done an evaluation of these resources or organizations, but rather provide them for your information only.
Developing Early Warning Systems to Identify Potential High School Dropouts
The information that follows and an accompanying tool developed by the National High School Center can help schools and districts to systematically collect early warning indicator data so they can identify students at highest risk of dropout. An early warning system can be implemented at the school as well as at district levels. The role of the state is critical for providing support that can help districts and schools collect the key information with relative ease, including the use of integrated longitudinal data systems.
Data-Driven Decision Making: A Powerful Tool for School Improvement
This paper will provide a basic framework for analyzing today’s data-driven decision making options and outline information about the basic elements and steps involved in implementing a data-driven decision making system to facilitate more informed decision making, boost overall school performance and improve student achievement.