The Need to Use Evidence in School-Based K-12 Improvement Efforts
In this brief paper, the author suggests that “to empower teachers to use data effectively, schools and districts need to engage in the systematic collection and analysis of evidence as part of an ongoing school improvement cycle.” Based on research and practice, she identifies and explains “four steps that school leaders, supported by their central office,” should “take to launch and implement this work effectively and sustain it over time to lead to improvement.” These steps are:
identify a clear instructional focus to which all teachers can align their work;
lead a schoolwide process of improvement that facilitates ongoing learning as part of a plan, do, study, act cycle;
collect and analyze multiple types of evidence from teachers and students; and
build a strong leadership team to guide the work of improvement in professional learning communities schoolwide.