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Educational Leadership:Data: Now What?:The New Stupid

Educational Leadership:Data: Now What?:The New Stupid | curriculum leadership | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 9, 2013 12:20 PM

First, educators should be wary of allowing data or research to substitute for good judgment. When presented with persuasive findings or promising new programs, it is still vital to ask the simple questions: What are the presumed benefits of adopting this program or reform? What are the costs? How confident are we that the promised results are replicable? What contextual factors might complicate projections? Data-driven decision making does not simply require good data; it also requires good decisions.



Second, schools must actively seek out the kind of data they need as well as the achievement data external stakeholders need. Despite quantum leaps in state assessment systems and continuing investment in longitudinal data systems, school and district leaders are a long way from having the data they require. Creating the conditions for high-performing schools and systems requires operational metrics beyond student achievement. In practice, there is a rarely acknowledged tension between collecting data with an eye toward external accountability (measurement of performance) and doing so for internal management (measurement for performance).

Gust MEES's curator insight, March 9, 2013 12:34 PM

 

                       ===> 1. Using Data in Half-Baked Ways <===

 

That's what I say since very long, not enough background knowledge but talking and acting like experts...

 

 

Check also:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=LeaderShip

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Educational+Leadership

 

 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 9, 2013 2:15 PM

Ana's point about being wary about data collection is wise. We use numbers when stories might be more often applicable and appropriate. I watch the half-baked approach every day. It is beyond half-baked. It is dishonest with false data gathered and presented as if it meant something it cannot. Secondly, the methodologies are weak. We simply bastardize action research, professional learning communities, and other good idea and distil them so they are beyond useless. We have a lot of non-experts casting themselves as experts. It is often a sham.

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Educational Leadership:The Principalship:The Changing Role of the Technology Director

Educational Leadership:The Principalship:The Changing Role of the Technology Director | curriculum leadership | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

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