Guadalupe H. Simpson (2011) School Leaders’ use of Data-Driven Decision-Making for School Improvement: A Study of Promising Practices in two California Charter Schools, A Dissertation Presented to the Faculty of USC Rossier School of Education University of Southern California In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Doctor Of Education
The current interest in using data-driven decision-making in schools has focused on how best to use student achievement data to meet the demands of current accountability requirements. The purpose of this study was to investigate promising practices specific to school leaders’ use of data-driven decision-making for school improvement at two California charter schools. The study found that the greatest impact of using data-driven decision- making was on results of high student achievement and on the improvement of teaching strategies to meet student needs. By establishing a strong data-driven school culture, daily classroom observations, professional development, and providing teachers with ongoing support, school leaders experienced a profound impact on student achievement.
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