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Data Team Department Goals

Data Team Goals

The term data-driven instruction refers to a teacher’s use of the results from various student assessments to plan instruction. Research has shown this process to be an effective way to improve student achievement.

To achieve good data-driven instruction, the team will ensure usage of:

  • Baseline data that gives a good sense of where students are at the beginning of the year (these data often come from the prior year’s state test because schools are held accountable by such tests);
  • Clear goals for what students are expected to learn and to achieve (these goals are usually related to state standards and grade-level expectations);
  • Regular assessments across the school year (frequent assessments provide multiple pieces of evidence about student knowledge and skills development, and help to benchmark students’ progress across the school year);
  • Well-focused and well-planned instruction that is based on evidence and high quality curriculum;
  • Data that shows what students know and are able to do, and what they still need to learn.