Series: Success at the Core: Using Data Effectively

Data Carousels
Lesson Objective: Analyze data to improve instruction
All Grades / All Subjects / Data Use

Thought starters

  1. How does the schoolwide leadership team support teachers' use of data?
  2. How could you use data carousels as a strategy for using data to improve instruction?
  3. How did the staff take an interdisciplinary approach to address the learning need exposed by the data carousel?
This process involves school leadership sharing data that they have gathered with staff. It then seems like all staff look at all the data provided and come to some agreements about where progress needs to be made. This makes sense on a couple of levels. First, schools gather far too much data for it all to be analyzed, so this process allows administrators to focus on data that they think is most important. (Although, it strikes me this might mean they ignore data that instructors find important.) Second, this process leads to real action and is a way to create connections between staff in different departments. It leads me to wonder what data my administration would put in front of the entire staff. It also leads me to wonder how I can incorporate more Math, Science, and History into my English classroom.
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I like that they designed a lesson using a pertinent part of the schools data. Well done! This something that is relevant and connects kids to the school as a community. This is the hook: Kids like to be treated as responsible and capable individuals who by collaborating can achieve a greater good for all to enjoy-a hero quality in all of us. Unfortunately, focusing on test scores as the end to learning, sends the wrong message to the kids. Its not about the test kids-it's about making the world a better place. Teachers are amazingly professional. This video should be seen by the right-wing conservative business entities that want schools run like small corporations that remove excess weight be it a low performing student or a teacher that is blamed for low test scores. Overall, great stuff! Thanks for the video!
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What a great process! I have also seen schools reflect on both quantiative data (such as learning walk notes) next to quantitative data (such as student test scores) as a strategy for collaboratively developing school wide instuctional foci. It is always great to see educators collaborate and push each others' thinking! Thanks:)
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Great video. Having her staff analyze data and then coming up with an action plan based on that data as a group of professionals reveals Beth Ashley as a true instructional leader in her school. I agree with Tony P that involving the kids connects them to the school as a community in a powerful way. One question: When analyzing test scores, is it best to analyze the results of a grade level over the course of several years (different student population for that grade level each year) or to analyze the results of a group of students as they progress through the grades? What are you thoughts?
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Here's a different kind of data, raw student work, analyzing a product in depth:
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School Details

Mount Baker Middle School
2310 East Section St
Mount Vernon WA 98274
Population: 709

Data Provided By:



Beth Ashley
John Clark
Arlene Thogersen



All Grades / All Subjects / Tch Tools

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, All Subjects, Class Culture

Lesson Idea

Grades 9-12, ELA, Class Culture

Teaching Practice

All Grades / All Students / Class Culture