Information-Based Decision Making: Part Two

I remember reading a study performed three years ago by US News and World Report where they evaluated the thirty largest industries in the US and discussed how each performed their business functions. Education, being one of these industries, was described with the byline, “Education generates more data than any other industry, and uses it … Continue reading Information-Based Decision Making: Part Two

Information-Based Decision Making: Part One

A lot has been said and written supporting the concept of data driven decision making. But far less has been published about how decision makers actually get from raw data to a final, real-life decision. And even less about the ways in which decision makers have to first interrogate that data. In reality, even the … Continue reading Information-Based Decision Making: Part One

A New Way to Measure At-Risk Students

What determines if a student is at risk? How can this be measured? What is the meaning of “At Risk”? These same questions are asked by school districts across the United States every day, but the answers can be very different depending on the district, state, student grade level and even based on the opinions … Continue reading A New Way to Measure At-Risk Students

Measuring the Value that Teachers Contribute to their Classrooms

There is a strong trend in education to strengthen the way that teacher performance is evaluated.  In most states, this usually means evaluating teachers on the performance of their students.  Obviously, this is a very difficult thing to do.  Schools have the source data to do this by using the master schedule in the student … Continue reading Measuring the Value that Teachers Contribute to their Classrooms