Drowning in Data?  

Use this tip to take control of your data in planning for next year.

Now is the perfect time to make sure the data you have helps determine root causes that are keeping you from your ultimate goal.   In your upcoming leadership team meetings, ask your team some key questions so you use data efficiently.

What is our ultimate goal next year?

How does our current state differ from our ultimate goal? 

What does our existing data tell us? What existing reports answer our questions?

What does the existing data not tell us?  What questions do we still have?

What data do we still need to collect to answer our questions?

Focus on data that answers your questions.  You may need to collect some additional data, possibly through walk-throughs, focus groups, surveys, or formative assessment and lesson plan analysis in order to show causes or relationships between current practices and outcomes.