Cover ImageRegardless of which way you lean politically, we can all agree that analyzing data makes it possible to base decisions on evidence instead of conjecture. And, finally, we’re seeing more studies and press about the use of data.  The long-awaited IES Practice Guide “Using Student Achievement Data to Support Instructional Decision Making” contains a set of recommendations that are useful no matter where your school is in the planning and implementing stages of data use.

All of the recommendations made in this guide are necessary, and they align with our own experiences in preparing school data teams and their coaches for the in-depth use of data that is required to produce continuous positive results. Check out Recommendation 1. Make data part of an ongoing cycle of instructional improvement.