The High Desert Education Service District provides training to teachers to help them create and implement Data Teams. The teams use school or classroom data to understand teaching practices (cause data) and student performance (effect data). This information helps drive effective teaching strategies for improved student achievement.
The data-driven decision making process comes alive and is systematically sustained through the simple but powerful formation of data teams. In order for the data process to work and be sustained, data team meetings must be scheduled so that they take place on a regular basis and the team meetings must bestructured. Facilitators of the team meetings must be classroom teachers who create the agenda, monitor time, listen, and help move the team through the data process as it relates to their grade level and individual as well as group academic needs.
The Northwest Regional ESD has posted on their web site numerous resources for Data Teams and Principals. These resources were created by the Leadership and Learning Center and are used with their permission.