Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The Role of a School Student Information System in School Improvement

Putting Middle Grades Students on the Graduation Path

Teachers and administrators can get started with just the data currently available in their schools.
Although, ultimately state and district data systems will enable early warning and intervention systems to realize their full power, all of the key data needed to begin is already available in schools. Grades, daily attendance, and behavior referrals and consequences are recorded routinely and regularly in schools. Thus, it is not necessary to wait for the district or the state to build early warning data systems. Teams of teachers sharing common sets of students can share the key early warning data among themselves, and principles, deans and counselors can organize, model, and support the use of these school-based data.

One does get the feeling that the federal government is going to spend hundreds of millions on data systems which will be primarily useful to bureaucrats.

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