K-12 school districts looking to improve student success rates should invest in training administrators in data analysis, according to a report from the Data Quality Campaign.
“Administrators across various roles and functions need the access and skills to use data effectively in their roles, every day,” authors write. “Whether analyzing the budget for programs or working with teachers to improve instruction, administrators must use data to support student success.”
According to the report, data analysis can help administrators effectively identify student needs and set subsequent school goals and better engage all parties involved in the education process – teachers, parents and students – about student progress and much more.
Report authors also call on state policymakers to help lead the charge for more literate school administrators. According to the DCQ, state leaders can help create a culture of continuous improvement by promoting data-use skills, ensuring easy access to data and helping to design tools to keep data safe.
“Schools and districts are most successful when adults have the data to see the full picture of their students’ learning needs,” report authors write. “School and district administrators need to model and support effective data use at every level, including as part of classroom instruction.”