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Getting Excited About Data
Combining People, Passion, and Proof to Maximize Student Achievement

Second Edition

Foreword by Tony Wagner



February 2004 | 272 pages | Corwin
"It was a pleasure reading Getting Excited About Data. I found it precise and on target for enabling school personnel to effectively use their schools' data to plan improvement."
—Theodore Creighton, Executive Director
National Council of Professors of Educational Leadership

"The book is written in friendly language and is a quick read with many examples. The diagrams and sample questions throughout are invaluable!"
—Jill Hudson, Middle School Principal
Madison Middle School, Seattle, WA  

How can we ensure that every student is making adequate progress in an era of school and district goals, state standards, and federal ESEA legislation?

Getting Excited About Data, Second Edition builds upon the best-selling first edition to provide additional guidance and support for educators who are "ready, willing, and able" to explore more sophisticated uses of data. New tools and activities facilitate active engagement with data and a collaborative culture of collective responsibility for the learning of all students.

Precise and on target, this excellent new resource enables educators to effectively use their schools' data to respond to the challenges of the No Child Left Behind Act, and provides:

  • A knowledge base emphasizing the role of data in school effectiveness and successful change
  • A focus on tapping the professional passion of dedicated educators who want to work for the benefit of students from an intrinsic motivation perspective
  • Group activities that energize people in collaborative efforts
  • Key questions to identify sources of the proof of success necessary to stimulate confidence and further action
  • A clear understanding of the need for "up close, in real time" assessment to balance high-stakes, external tests
  • Information on how to utilize data to establish priorities and integrate accountability requirements with goals that are data-based and grounded in school values  

Tony Wagner
Foreword
 
Preface
What This Book Is Not  
What This Book Is  
How This Book Is Organized  
Acknowledgments  
 
About the Author
 
1. Using Data for Alignment and Achievement
Alignment Between Mission and the School Portfolio  
Alignment Between Mission, Portfolio and Concerns  
Alignment Between Concerns and Priorities  
Alignment Among Priorities, Study, and Strategies  
Alignment Between Priorities, Strategies, and Evidence  
Alignment Betwee Strategies, Evidence, and Action Plans  
Consolidating Multiple and Existing Plans  
Using Data for Alignment and Achievement  
Two Schools Implement a Major Change  
Two A's and Three Powerful P's  
Making It Public  
On the Road Again  
 
2. Understanding the Importance of Proof
My Data Roots  
Data to Close the Achievement Gap  
Use of Data Highlighted in National Research Reports  
Data Work in High-Performing Schools  
Data - Essential, but Not Sufficient  
 
3. Coping With the Barriers to Data Use
Reasons for Reluctance to Use Data  
Assessing Data Readiness  
Responding to Concerns  
 
4. Engaging the People
Internal and External Engagement  
The Cultural Problem  
Creating the Culture of Collective Responsibility  
Finding Time  
Making It Public  
 
5. Arousing the Passion
The Motivation Continuum  
Swapping Stories  
Language, Humor, and Music  
Monitoring Our Mission  
 
6. Starting With the Significant
Data > Test Scores  
State and Federal Mandates  
The Blue Ribbon Approach  
Of Local Significance  
No Snapshots, Please  
Finding the Starting Point  
The Snowball Approach  
 
7. Displaying the Data
Size  
User-Friendly Data Displays  
Displaying Longitudinal Data  
Color Coding Proficiency  
The No-Numbers Approach  
Displaying Perceptual Data  
The Whole Portfolio  
Making It Public  
The Acid Test  
 
8. Interpreting the Results
Carousel Data Analysis  
Listening In  
Using the Responses  
Making It Public  
 
9. Designing a Data Day
Purpose  
Preparation  
District Session  
School-Based Activities  
Follow-Up  
Making It Public  
 
10. Establishing Priorities
Getting It Out and Narrowing It Down  
Wordsmithing Works  
The Ends or the Means  
Mandates and Motivation in Goal Setting  
 
11. Drilling Down the Priority Data
Planning Forward With Student-Specific Data  
Planning Backward With Skill-Specific Data  
Ramping Up the Roster  
Slicing the Pie  
Attacking Anonymity  
 
Checking Out Perceptions
Making It Public - Not  
 
12. Looking Around and Looking Within
Examining Research  
Exploring Best Practice  
Probing Our Practice  
Capturing Our Culture  
 
13. Clarifying District, School, and Classroom Roles
Going in Circles  
Going With the Flow  
Cycling in Synch  
Delivering the Data  
Coordinating the Common  
 
14. Planning Your Work and Working Your Plan
Developing Action Plans  
Evidence of Implementation  
Evidence of Impact  
Reaping Unexpected Benefits  
Making It Public  
 
15. Sustaining the Struggle
Analyzing Implementation  
Integrating Programs and Practices  
Saying No  
Celebrating  
Spreading a Little Cheer  
 
16. Leading with Relentless Resilience
Review  
Relentless Resilience  
Reflection  
 
References
 
Index

"It was a pleasure to read Getting Excited About Data. I found it precise and on target for enabling school personnel to effectively use their schools' data to plan improvement."

Theodore Creighton, Executive Director
National Council of Professors of Educational Administration

"The book is written in friendly language and is a quick read with many examples. The diagrams and sample questions throughout are very useful."

Jill Hudson, Principal
Madison Middle School, Seattle, WA

"Holcomb's enlightening revision gives educators a useful, fun-to-read resource full of strategies, tools, and techniques for focusing on data. Presented with tales of real-life experiences, this book gives the reader a ‘ready-to-use’ approach that is refreshingly practical."

Debbie McDonald, Kentucky State Director
Appalachian Education Lab

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