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3 High-Impact Ways Leadership Teams Use Data to Improve Their Schools

June 27, 2017 | Curriculum & Instructional ToolsProfessional DevelopmentStudent Achievement

Last month, we looked at how distributed leadership teams can create the conditions for positive change within schools. One of the key ways they do this is by studying data and using insights from that data to drive their improvement efforts. What does this cycle of data-driven improvement look like…

Building a Culture of Personalized Learning in Clermont, Florida

October 19, 2016 | Student Achievement

Over the past two years, educators at Windy Hill Middle School in Clermont, Florida have been transforming their teaching, tailoring instruction to students’ individual needs and interests. Students have been using new tools to learn content at their own pace and taking ownership of their learning in the process. The…

Delve into the NCTQ Database

August 4, 2016

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) is a research and policy group whose efforts to modernize the teacher profession are driven by the belief that all children deserve effective teachers. NCTQ’s work is focused on changes in practice and policy of teacher preparation programs, school districts, state governments and…

Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work Webinar and Storify

June 11, 2016

Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work for Teachers and Students presents the findings from a survey of over 4,600 teachers about the challenges they face when using digital instructional tools. “Brute force and awkwardness” is how Nicole Cerra, co-founder of Design Tech High School, describes the process by which she and…

Celebrating School Districts on the Rise

March 11, 2016

From Arkansas to Massachusetts, California to Ohio, districts across the country are making incredible progress in boosting student achievement and increasing teacher effectiveness. In Education First’s Districts Rising series, the stories of ten districts that are working to raise student achievement and prepare students for college and career are highlighted and celebrated.…

YouthTruth: New Findings on College and Career Readiness

February 1, 2016 | Student Achievement

How prepared do students feel for college and careers? Student perceptions are linked to academic outcomes, which makes understanding student feedback vital for student success now and in the future. YouthTruth, a national nonprofit harnessing student perceptions to help educators accelerate improvements in their K-12 schools and classrooms, recently analyzed…

Reaching the Summit of Data-Driven Instruction

June 11, 2015

Elizabeth Dogget remembers how hard it was to personalize instruction to meet student needs while she was student teaching. “It was really difficult to track where my students were on their progress towards meeting a learning objective and giving them timely feedback,” she recalls.  “Often I would take a bunch…

Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work

January 9, 2015

With more data than ever available in the classroom, the challenge is making it work—for teachers and for students. In this video accompanying the Gates Foundation’s Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work report, educators discuss how they work with data, and how they’d like to see the digital tools that…